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downwarp Syllabification: down·warp
Pronunciation: /ˈdounwôrp/

Definition of downwarp in English:


A broad depression of the earth’s surface.
Example sentences
  • For several generations of geologists the name of J. D. Dana was associated with the concept of the geosyncline, an elongated downwarp in the Earth's crust in which a great volume of sediments accumulated.
  • The WIlkes Front architecture consists of thin, extended crust forming the Victoria Land Basin in the Ross Sea, the TAM rift shoulder, and a long-wavelength downwarp forming the Wilkes Basin.
  • Minor downwarp of reflectors over the edge of some concave-down features is noted, as in the case of the reflection associated with the base Tarrant Chalk Member.


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Displace (a rock formation) downward so as to form a depression.
Example sentences
  • The palaeoplain was downwarped, creating the Great Divide and a new continental shelf on which marine sediments accumulated.
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