| Proterozoic eon|
| Paleoproterozoic era|
| Mesoproterozoic era|
| Neoproterozoic era|
The Orosirian Period of the Paleoproterozoic Era:
2,050 to 1,800 Mya
The Orosirian (from Greek orosira, "mountain range") is the third geological period in the Paleoproterozoic era and lasted from 2050 Ma to 1800 Ma (million years ago). Instead of being based on stratigraphy, these dates are defined chronometrically.
Latter half of the period was an episode of intensive orogeny on virtually all continents.
Two of largest known impact events on Earth occurred during the Orosirian. At the very beginning of the period, 2023 Ma, a large asteroid collision created the Vredefort impact structure. The event that created the Sudbury Basin structure occurred near the end of the period, 1850 Ma.