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For purposes of this presentation, the foreland is defined as the area bounded by the undeformed craton and the fold and thrust belt of the geosynclinal area. Foreland areas can display varying tectonic styles based upon the previous plate tectonic history. Some foreland areas will have only extensional tectonic characteristics, resulting from the early history of a passive margin, while others will have been subsequently deformed and display a different style.

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