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Tectonic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    tectonic adj
  1. pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth's crust; "tectonic plates"; "tectonic valleys"
  2. of or pertaining to construction or architecture [syn: architectonic]
Tectonic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Tectonic \Tec*ton"ic\, a.
  1. (Biol.) Structural.
  2. (Geol. & Phys. Geog.) Of, pert. to, or designating, the rock structures and external forms resulting from the deformation of the earth's crust; as, tectonic arches or valleys.
Tectonic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Tectonic \Tec*ton"ic\, a. [L. tectonicus, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, a carpenter, builder.] Of or pertaining to building or construction; architectural.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tectonic'


Tectonics (from the Vulgar Latin tectonicus, meaning "building") is a field of study within geology concerned generally with the structures within the lithosphere of the Earth (or other planets) and particularly with the forces and movements that have operated in a region to create these structures.

Tectonics is concerned with the orogenies and tectonic development of cratons and tectonic terranes as well as the earthquake and volcanic belts which directly affect much of the global population. Tectonic studies are also important for understanding erosion patterns in geomorphology and as guides for the economic geologist searching for petroleum and metallic ores.

There are a number of subordinate and related fields. A subfield of tectonics that deals with tectonic phenomena in the geologically recent period is called neotectonics. Tectonics is closely related to structural geology. The difference between the fields is a matter of scale: structural geologists are generally concerned with finer-scale rock deformation, while those studying tectonics are more concerned with the broader features. Tectonophysics is the study of the physics behind the tectonic processes that geologists observe.

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  • Earth’s tectonic plates have doubled their speed
    AUSTRALIA: Earth’s tectonic plates are moving faster now than at any point in the last 2 billion years, according to a new study. Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'
  • Faraway moon mimics Earth tectonics: study
    Jupiter's icy moon Europa may have active tectonic plates similar to those that shape the Earth, which had long been thought unique in this respect, scientists said Sunday. The moon, slightly smaller than the one orbiting Earth, has one of the youngest surfaces in the Solar System, implying "rapid recycling", said the team. They took this as evidence Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'
  • The EU needs a completely new direction
    The new Commission needs to start a drastic reform programme to save the EU. Only then can Europe survive in a world of tectonic shifts, warns Joop Hazenberg. Joop Hazenberg is a young Dutch writer who has been based in Brussels since early 2013. He has just published a new book: Next Europe, How can the EU survive in a world of tectonic shifts Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'

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