Canadian Shield facts for kids
Stratigraphic range: Precambrian
|Unit of||North American craton|
|Area||8 000 000 km2|
The Canadian Shield is a broad region of Precambrian rock (pictured in shades of red) that encircles Hudson Bay. It spans eastern, northeastern, and east-central Canada and the upper midwestern United States.
The Canadian Shield is also called the Laurentian Plateau, or Bouclier canadien (French).
It is a large area of exposed Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks (geological shield). It is the ancient geological core of the North American continent (the North American Craton or Laurentia).
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