The diversity and complexity of European geology owes much to Palaeozoic events. The late Proterozoic rifting of Laurentia from Gondwana heralded a procession of smaller continental fragments, each separating from the high southern latitude of Gondwana and drifting northwards to accrete to a more equatorial Laurentia. Our present understanding of the resulting collage of terranes was nurtured in Western Europe and developed by correlating further west, to the North American Appalachians. In the past twenty years, however, attention has increasingly turned eastward through Central Europe to where the Palaeozoic terranes are wedged out between the Baltic Shield and the Carpathians....

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