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  • lithospheric — / sferˈik/ adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑lith …   Useful english dictionary

  • lithospheric — adjective Of or pertaining to the lithosphere …   Wiktionary

  • lithospheric plates — GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS The series of rigid slabs that comprise the earth s lithosphere (crust and upper mantle. This term is synonomous with tectonic plates …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • lithospheric plate — /lɪθəsfɛrɪk ˈpleɪt/ (say lithuhsferik playt) noun → tectonic plate …   Australian English dictionary

  • lithosphere — lithospheric /lith euh sfer ik/, adj. /lith euh sfear /, n. Geol. 1. the solid portion of the earth (distinguished from atmosphere, hydrosphere). 2. the crust and upper mantle of the earth. [1885 90; LITHO + SPHERE] * * * Rigid, rocky outer layer …   Universalium

  • mountain — mountainless, adj. /mown tn/, n. 1. a natural elevation of the earth s surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than that of a hill, usually greater than 2000 ft. (610 m). 2. a large mass of something… …   Universalium

  • Mesoplates — The concept of mesoplates was introduced as a heuristic for characterizing the motion of lithospheric plates relative to the sublithospheric source region of hotspot volcanism (Pilger, 2003). W. Jason Morgan (1972), originally suggested that… …   Wikipedia

  • plate tectonics — plate tectonic, adj. Geol. a theory of global tectonics in which the lithosphere is divided into a number of crustal plates, each of which moves on the plastic asthenosphere more or less independently to collide with, slide under, or move past… …   Universalium

  • Sedimentary basin — The term sedimentary basin is used to refer to any geographical feature exhibiting subsidence and consequent infilling by sedimentation. As the sediments are buried, they are subjected to increasing pressure and begin the process of lithification …   Wikipedia

  • Foreland basin — basins, where accommodation space is generated by lithospheric extension. Types of Foreland BasinForeland basins can be divided into two categories: * Peripheral (Pro) foreland basins, which occur on the plate that is subducted or underthrust… …   Wikipedia

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