Definition of batholith in English:


Line breaks: batho|lith
Pronunciation: /ˈbaθəlɪθ


  • A very large igneous intrusion extending to an unknown depth in the earth’s crust.
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    • Below the transparent batholith, the crust is very reflective to depths of c.20 km.
    • The lower crust beneath the Dzhabyk batholith is only weakly reflective and the Moho is not imaged.
    • The batholith extends into the west Kimberley, and is more than 750 km long and about 60-70 km wide.


early 20th century: coined in German from Greek bathos 'depth' + -lith.

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