geosyncline

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from geosynclinal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dʒiːəʊˈsɪŋklʌɪn/

Noun[edit]

geosyncline (plural geosynclines)

  1. (geology) A large, linear depression in the Earth's crust in which sediment accumulates.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 173:
      Forty years ago the crumpled and complex Mobile Belt of Newfoundland would have been considered a typical result of a deformed geosyncline.

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