basement complex


noun Geology.

the undifferentiated assemblage of rock (basement rock ) underlying the oldest stratified rocks in any region: usually crystalline, metamorphosed, and mostly, but not necessarily, Precambrian in age.

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Origin of basement complex

First recorded in 1895–1900
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