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eustasy

[yoo-stuh-see] /ˈyu stə si/
noun, plural eustasies. Geology
1.
any uniformly global change of sea level that may reflect a change in the quantity of water in the ocean, or a change in the shape and capacity of the ocean basins.
Also, eustacy.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; nominalization of eustatic caused by eustasy (< German eustatisch, coined by Austrian geologist Edward Suess (1831-1914); see eu-, static), with -stasy for -stasis stasis, probably on the model of ecstasy
Related forms
eustatic
[yoo-stat-ik] /yuˈstæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
eustatically, adverb
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Examples from the web for eustatic
  • Mantle viscosity, glacial isostatic adjustment and the eustatic level of the sea.
  • eustatic sea level refers to the global or worldwide height of sea levels.
  • Further compromising marsh sustainability are the local rates of subsidence and eustatic sea level rise.
British Dictionary definitions for eustatic

eustatic

/juːˈstætɪk/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to worldwide changes in sea level, caused by the melting of ice sheets, movements of the ocean floor, sedimentation, etc
Derived Forms
eustasy (ˈjuːstəsɪ) noun
eustatically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from Greek, from eu- + static
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eustatic in Science
eustasy
  (y'stə-sē)   

A uniform worldwide change in sea level caused especially by fluctuations in the amount of water taken up by continental and polar icecaps, or by a change in the capacity of ocean basins.

eustatic (y-stāt'ĭk)
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