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Synonyms for tectonics

the science of architecture

the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust

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Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia: In Honor of Manuel Berberian's Forty-Five Years of Research Contributions
It's fascinating to think that we might have plate tectonics somewhere other than Earth," researcher Brandon Johnson said in the Brown statement.
The faults are not exposed on the surface, whereas, the project area is influenced by the thrust tectonics with minor strike slip movement.
Some scientists think Venus, currently a stagnant planet, could hypothetically one day have plate tectonics under the right conditions.
Investigation of seismicity of Iran reveals that significant destructive earthquakes are related to the primary active faults of different tectonics settings (Engdahl, et al.
The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic" is the first volume of an exciting educational comic about the workings of plate tectonics, using the new superhero Geo (and his metallic dog, Rocky) to surf the young earth in a prehistoric era 200 million years ago when Pangea (all continents of the earth in one piece) were breaking up.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system where the process of plate tectonics occurs," said Professor Patrice Rey, from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences.
Among the topics are examples from the Appalachian Foreland Basin in the eastern US of large-scale tectonic controls on the origin of Paleozoic dark-shale source-rock basins, linked extensional-compressional tectonics in gravitational systems in the equatorial margin of Brazil, structural correlation between the Northern Calcareous Alps in Austria and the Transdanubian Central Range in Hungary, interaction of Oligocene-Miocene deep-water depositional systems with actively evolving structures in the Lower Congo Basin off the shore of Angola, and the evolution of the South China Sea Basin during the Mesozoic-Cenozoic and its significance for oil and gas exploration.
At that point the surface solidified enough to switch to a plate tectonics mechanism, leading to a less intensely volcanic world.
Eighteen contributed chapters honoring Windley's influence are arranged in sections on oceanic and island arc systems and continental growth, the tectonics of accretionary orogens and continental growth, growth and stabilization of continental crust (collisions and intraplate processes), Precambrian tectonics and the birth of continents, and active tectonics and geomorphology of continental collision and growth zones.
In the coal-bearing sequence, three zones of structural development can be distinguished: a fold tectonics zone, a block tectonics zone, and a fold-block tectonics zone, which extends beyond the basin area (Kotas, 1972).
On the other hand, a far different perspective on the meaning of niflega has been offered: Many non-Jewish "Creationist" websites relate niflega to catastrophic plate tectonics (see below); a cataclysmic event that literally severed what had been a single land mass into separate continents.
Plate tectonics revolutionized the understanding of our planet, explaining how new crustal material rises from Earth's mantle, spreads across Earth's surface, and returns to its interior--in a continuous, conveyor-belt-like process that rifts continents, opens and closes oceans basins, and creates mountains.
Plate tectonics, the geological process in which large plates of crustal material slowly move around the surface of the Earth, is widely considered to be continuous, with material being created where plates move apart and consumed where they converge.