Definition of tectonophysics in English:


Line breaks: tec¦tono|phys¦ics
Pronunciation: /tɛkˌtɒnə(ʊ)ˈfɪzɪks


[treated as singular]
  • The branch of geophysics that deals with the forces that cause movement and deformation in the earth’s crust.
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    • 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.


1950s: from tectonics + physics.

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