crustal plate

a large block or tabular section of the lithosphere that reacts to tectonic forces as a unit and moves as such. Also called plate.

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  • crustal plate — noun a rigid layer of the Earth s crust that is believed to drift slowly • Syn: ↑plate • Hypernyms: ↑crust, ↑Earth s crust * * * Geol. a large block or tabular section of the lithosphere that reacts to tectonic forces as a unit and moves as such …   Useful english dictionary

  • crustal plate — /krʌstl ˈpleɪt/ (say krustl playt) noun → tectonic plate …   Australian English dictionary

  • crustal plate —   see crust …   Geography glossary

  • plate — plate1 plateless, adj. platelike, adj. /playt/, n., v., plated, plating. n. 1. a shallow, usually circular dish, often of earthenware or porcelain, from which food is eaten. 2. the contents of such a dish; plateful. 3. an entire course of a meal… …   Universalium

  • plate tectonics — plate tectonic, adj. Geol. a theory of global tectonics in which the lithosphere is divided into a number of crustal plates, each of which moves on the plastic asthenosphere more or less independently to collide with, slide under, or move past… …   Universalium

  • plate tectonics — n. Geol. the theory that the earth s surface consists of plates, or large crustal slabs, whose constant motion explains continental drift, mountain building, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Plate tectonics — The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century …   Wikipedia

  • Crustal recycling — Understanding predictions of mantle dynamics helps geoscientists predict where subducted crust will end up. Crustal recycling is a tectonic process by which surface material from the lithosphere is recycled into the mantle during subduction. The… …   Wikipedia

  • plate tectonics — /pleɪt tɛkˈtɒnɪks/ (say playt tek toniks) noun a theory concerning the movements of the earth s lithosphere that explains how tectonic plates ride on the moving asthenosphere; supporting the theory of continental drift and sea floor spreading.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • crustal deformation — /krʌstl difɔˈmeɪʃən/ (say krustl deefaw mayshuhn) noun Geology the displacement of part of the earth s crust as a result of tectonic plate movement, volcanic activity, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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