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epeirogeny Line breaks: epeir|ogeny
Pronunciation: /ɪˌpʌɪˈrɒdʒəni/

Definition of epeirogeny in English:


[mass noun] Geology
The regional uplift of an extensive area of the earth’s crust.
Example sentences
  • This would allow discrimination of the effects of erosion owing to footwall uplift from those owing to inversion and/or epeirogeny.
  • Reconstructing the tectonic history of the western UK basins is hampered by the difficulty in recognizing and discriminating the superimposed effects of epeirogeny and inversion.


Pronunciation: /ɪˌpʌɪrəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/
Example sentences
  • Orogenesis is contrasted with the term ‘epeirogenesis’, which is applied to the vertical movements involved in the formation of plateaux and basins in stable plate interiors.
Pronunciation: /ɪˌpʌɪrəˈdʒɛnɪk/
Example sentences
  • Preservation of these large-scale coastal landforms is primarily due to gentle epeirogenic uplift in response to Quaternary volcanism.
  • In common with other work on the western UK basins system, igneous underplating is invoked as the principal mechanism driving the epeirogenic uplift.
  • Regional scale epeirogenic uplift has removed the barriers from the influence of subsequent sea level highstands and therefore largely preserved their original form.


Late 19th century: from Greek ēpeiros 'mainland' + -geny.

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