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[ploot-n-iz-uh m] /ˈplut nˌɪz əm/
noun, Geology
the intrusion of magma and associated deep-seated processes within the earth's crust.
(often initial capital letter) the disproven theory that all rocks formed by solidification of a molten mass, promulgated by Scottish geologist James Hutton (1726–97).
Origin of plutonism
1840-50; pluton(ic) + -ism
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plutonist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The age of high-temperature and low-temperature mineralization is concordant with plutonism.
  • Mineralization is thought to be contemporaneous with plutonism at several localities in the region.
  • Near-trench plutonism was only one of several geologic effects of ridge subduction.

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