- a portion of the earth's crust subjected to downward warping during a large span of geologic time; a geosynclinal fold.
Origin of geosyncline
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- a broad elongated depression in the earth's crust containing great thicknesses of sediment
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Word Origin and History for geosyncline
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- A usually elongate, basinlike depression along the edge of a continent, in which a thick sequence of sediments and volcanic deposits has accumulated.
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