Tectonic

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Tectonic Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • of or pertaining to construction or architecture
  • pertaining to the structure or movement of the earth''s crust; "tectonic plates"; "tectonic valleys"

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Tectonic Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Tectonics is the study of the earth's structural features, especially the folding and faulting (cracking) of the Earth's crust.

Tectonics (from Latin, meaning "building") is a field within geology. It includes structures in the lithosphere of the Earth and the forces and movements that have operated to create these structures.

Tectonics is concerned with orogenies (mountain building) and major land features. This includes the earthquake and volcanic regions which affect certain parts of the world. This is discussed further in Plate tectonics.

Tectonic studies are also important for understanding erosion patterns in geomorphology and as guides for the economic geologist searching for petroleum and metallic ores.



Tectonic Sample Sentences in News


  • Enormous Gorge Shaped by River's Tectonic Transformation
    The Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet, one of the deepest canyons in the world, formed when tectonic forces pushed up the earth and steepened the path of a river that then caused massive erosion, a new study finds. The discovery rewrites the geological history of the region, which some researchers thought was caused by massive river erosion that triggered tectonic uplift in Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'
  • U.S.-China Economic Role Reversal Roils Emerging Markets
    The world economy's two biggest tectonic plates are shifting, setting off the frictions increasingly evident in financial markets and global capitals. The U.S. is accelerating and China is cooling, marking ... Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'
  • Alberta's political earthquake has Tories, NDP considering federal fallout
    OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives say they're gobsmacked over the political tectonic shifts in Alberta this week, but they don't have to reach too far into their own history to see parallels with the political pragmatism that's at play. Read more on this news related to 'Tectonic'

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