basement complex


basement complex
/ˈbeɪsmənt ˌkɒmplɛks/ (say 'baysmuhnt .kompleks)

noun
a series of metamorphic and igneous rocks underlying dominantly sedimentary rocks, often, though not necessarily, formed before the Cambrian period.
Also, basement rock.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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