Share this entry

Share this page

geosyncline

Line breaks: geo|syn¦cline
Pronunciation: /dʒiːəʊˈsɪŋklʌɪn
 
/

Definition of geosyncline in English:

noun

Geology
A large-scale depression in the earth’s crust containing very thick deposits.
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.
  • They are not found from Franklinian, Andean, Italian, and Tasmanian geosynclines and their adjacent shelves.
  • All of these perrinitid-bearing ammonoid faunas are distributed along the active linear geosynclines and their adjacent areas, i.e., the ‘Open-Sea’ within basin and out shelf.

Definition of geosyncline in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…