Definition of downwarp in English:

downwarp

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnwɔːp
 
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Geology

noun

  • A broad depression of the earth’s surface.
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    • 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.
    • The WIlkes Front architecture consists of thin, extended crust forming the Victoria Land Basin in the Ross Sea, the TAM rift shoulder, and a long-wavelength downwarp forming the Wilkes Basin.
    • Minor downwarp of reflectors over the edge of some concave-down features is noted, as in the case of the reflection associated with the base Tarrant Chalk Member.

verb

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  • Displace (a rock formation) downwards so as to form a downwarp: the land masses buckled and downwarped the continental shelves
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    • The palaeoplain was downwarped, creating the Great Divide and a new continental shelf on which marine sediments accumulated.

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