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A stable area on the edge of an orogenic belt; a foreland is usually on the margin of a craton and is underlain by continental crust. Many forelands have suffered warping during orogeny and also carry a superficial fold-and-thrust belt. The major direction of movement in an orogenic belt is towards the foreland. Where the orogenic belt lies between two stable areas, the other is called the hinterland.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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