Definition of lithosphere in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈliTHəˌsfir/


The rigid outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle.
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˌliTHəˈsferik/ Pronunciation: /-ˈsfi(ə)r-/
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: lith·o·sphere

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