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lithosphere Line breaks: litho|sphere
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪθəsfɪə/

Definition of lithosphere in English:


The rigid outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle: the lithosphere comprises a number of plates [mass noun]: continental lithosphere has a lower mean density than oceanic lithosphere
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  • An alternative to an active mantle thermal anomaly is greater stretching of the mantle lithosphere than the crust.
  • We attribute base level changes to the influence of the proto-Iceland mantle plume beneath the lithosphere, providing support until continental break-up west of the Faroe Islands.
  • After new oceanic crust forms, the lithosphere cools and thickens as it moves away from the ocean ridge.



Pronunciation: /lɪθəˈsfɛrɪk/
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  • Mineral compositions vary as magmas evolve in sub-volcanic, lithospheric magma chambers by assimilation and differentiation.
  • They are interpreted to have been derived from subduction modified lithospheric and asthenospheric mantle sources.
  • These features of the Moine succession are instead most consistent with accumulation in a regionally extensive shallow marine basin formed during subsidence following initial lithospheric thinning.

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