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


  • Pacific plate shrinking as it cools: Calculations challenge assumptions about rigid lithosphere
    The tectonic plate that dominates the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is not as rigid as many scientists assume, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Nevada. Read more on this news related to 'Lithosphere'

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