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.



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