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tectonophysics

Syllabification: tec·to·no·phys·ics
Pronunciation: /tekˌtänōˈfiziks, ˌtektənō-
 
/

Definition of tectonophysics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of geophysics that deals with the forces that cause movement and deformation in the earth’s crust.
Example sentences
  • This paper reviews the recent progress in the studies of experimental rock mechanics and tectonophysics concerning seismology and physics of the Earth's interior in China.
  • Tectonophysics is aimed at incoming graduate students and senior undergraduates, and examines the basic physical processes of the dynamic Earth.
  • Plate tectonics and tectonophysics are disciplines of Earth Science which describe the motions of the Earth's crust and the associated driving mechanisms of such motion.

Origin

1950s: from tectonics + physics.

Derivatives

tectonophysicist

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈfizəsist/
noun
Example sentences
  • Our observations challenge tectonophysicists to explain how a normal fault may rupture at such low angle, and support the concept of low-angle detachment even in the classic central Basin and Range.
  • Seismologists, geologists, and tectonophysicists discuss the dynamics of earthquakes, floods, landslides and severe storms, and how they have shaped the Earth.
  • An enduring challenge facing tectonophysicists is to relate processes and measurements at Earth's surface to their origins at depths that can't be directly observed.

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