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The Canadian Shield* (Fig. 1) is a geologically complex terrain that makes up about one-third of the North American landmass. Its rocks were deposited, formed, and deformed over a time span encompassing about three-quarters of the earth’s known geologic history. Consequently, it includes lithologies, structural elements, and topography as varied as those found on the North American continent as a whole. Because of the complexity of geomorphic features that reflect this geologic diversity, we have decided to focus this chapter on the most obvious geomorphologic elements of its modern landscape, the various landforms produced by the latest geologic...

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