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Depth-dependent variations in the structure and composition of continental crust can be studied via integrated investigations of isobaric terranes. In this contribution, we summarize three isobaric terranes in Archean to Proterozoic crust. In western Canada, 35–45-km-deep lower crust is exposed over an area of more than 20,000 km2. The Upper Granite Gorge of Grand Canyon, Arizona, provides a transect of 20–25-km-deep middle crust. The Proterozoic basement of central Arizona represents an isobaric exposure of 10–15-km-deep middle crust. Isobaric terranes yield a conceptual image of continental crust that can be compared to seismic images, xenolith data, and drill core...

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