epeirogeneses

epeirogeny

[ep-ahy-roj-uh-nee]
noun Geology.
vertical or tilting movement of the earth's crust, generally affecting broad areas of a continent.
Also, epeirogenesis [ih-pahy-roh-jen-uh-sis] , epirogeny.


Origin:
1885–90; < Greek ḗpeiro(s) mainland, continent + -geny

epeirogenic, epeirogenetic [ih-pahy-roh-juh-net-ik] , adjective
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epeirogeny or epeirogenesis (ˌɛpaɪˈrɒdʒɪnɪ, ɪˌpaɪrəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)
 
n
Also called: epirogeny the formation and submergence of continents by broad relatively slow displacements of the earth's crust
 
[C19: from Greek ēpeiros continent + -geny]
 
epeirogenesis or epeirogenesis
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek ēpeiros continent + -geny]
 
epeirogenic or epeirogenesis
 
adj
 
epeirogenetic or epeirogenesis
 
adj

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epeirogeny   (ěp'ī-rŏj'ə-nē)  Pronunciation Key 
Uplift or depression of the Earth's crust, affecting large areas of land or ocean bottom. Basins and plateaus are often formed as the result of epeirogeny. Epeirogeny differs from orogeny in that it affects larger regions of the Earth's crust and is not as frequently associated with folding and faulting of rocks.
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