diapiric /duy'euh pir"ik/, adj.
/duy"euh pear'/, n. Geol.
a dome, or anticline, the upper regions of which have been ruptured and penetrated by material squeezed up from below. Cf. plume (def. 10), salt dome.
[1915-20; < F, said to be < Gk diapeírein to drive through, pierce; dia- DIA- + peírein to pierce]

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      (from Greek diapeirein, “to pierce”), geological structure consisting of mobile material that was forced into more brittle surrounding rocks, usually by the upward flow of material from a parent stratum. The flow may be produced by gravitational forces (heavy rocks causing underlying lighter rocks to rise), tectonic forces (mobile rocks being squeezed through less mobile rocks by lateral stress), or a combination of both. Diapirs may take the shape of domes, waves, mushrooms, teardrops, or dikes. Because salt flows quite readily, diapirs are often associated with salt domes (salt dome) or salt anticlines; in some cases the diapiric process is thought to be the mode of origin for a salt dome itself.

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