Lithosphere

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Lithosphere Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle

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  • the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle

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Lithosphere Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The lithosphere is the solid shell of the planet Earth. That means the crust and the part of the upper mantle that behaves elastically on time scales of thousands of years or greater.

Under the lithosphere there is the asthenosphere, the weaker, hotter, and deeper part of the upper mantle. This part can flow.

The lithosphere provides a conductive lid atop the convecting mantle; as such, it affects heat transport through the Earth.



Lithosphere Sample Sentences in News


  • Ancient deformation of the lithosphere revealed in Eastern China
    Seismic investigations from the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt in eastern China suggest that this region was affected by extreme mantle perturbation and crust-mantle interaction during the Mesozoic era. The Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt formed through the collision between the North and South China blocks, which produced large-scale destruction of the cratoni Read more on this news related to 'Lithosphere'

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