diastrophism

diastrophism

[dahy-as-truh-fiz-uhm]
noun Geology.
1.
Also called tectonism. the action of the forces that cause the earth's crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, changes of level, etc.
2.
any such resulting deformation.

Origin:
1880–85; < Greek diastroph() a distortion (see dia-, strophe) + -ism

diastrophic [dahy-uh-strof-ik, -stroh-fik] , adjective
diastrophically, adverb
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diastrophism (daɪˈæstrəˌfɪzəm)
 
n
orogeny See also epeirogeny the process of movement and deformation of the earth's crust that gives rise to large-scale features such as continents, ocean basins, and mountains
 
[C19: from Greek diastrophē a twisting; see dia-, strophe]
 
diastrophic
 
adj

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