tectonism
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1948 the process of deformation that produces in the earth's crust its continents and ocean basins, plateaus and mountains, folds of strata, and faults — called also diastrophism

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  • tectonism — noun The deformation of the Earths crust due to tectonic activity. Syn: diastrophism …   Wiktionary

  • tectonism — tec·ton·ism …   English syllables

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