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Mohorovičić discontinuity

or Moho

[moh-haw-roh-vuh-chich, -hoh- or moh-hoh] /ˌmoʊ hɔˈroʊ və tʃɪtʃ, -hoʊ- or ˈmoʊ hoʊ/
noun, Geology.
the discontinuity between the crust and the mantle of the earth, occurring at depths that average about 22 miles (35 km) beneath the continents and about 6 miles (10 km) beneath the ocean floor.
Origin of Mohorovičić discontinuity
1935-40; named after Andrija Mohorovičić (1857-1936), Croatian geophysicist, who discovered it Unabridged
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  • The very old natives say they remember the bird and call it "moho."

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  • Dr. Sclater justly proposed a new generic term for the "Entomyza" or "moho" angustipluma of former authors.

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  • moho saw her still swimming and sent another wind servant, Makani-kona, the south wind, to drive her again out in the ocean.

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British Dictionary definitions for moho



Mohorovičić discontinuity

the boundary between the earth's crust and mantle, across which there is a sudden change in the velocity of seismic waves Often shortened to Moho
Word Origin
C20: named after Andrija Mohorovičić (1857–1936), Croatian geologist
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moho in Science
The Mohorovičić discontinuity.
Mohorovičić discontinuity
The boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle, located at an average depth of 8 km (5 mi) under the oceans and 32 km (20 mi) under the continents. The velocity of seismic primary waves across this boundary changes abruptly from 6.7 to 7.2 km (4.1 to 4.5 mi) per second in the lower crust to 7.6 to 8.6 km (4.7 to 5.3 mi) per second in the upper mantle. The boundary is estimated to be between 0.2 and 3 km (0.1 and 1.9 mi) thick and is believed to coincide with a change in rock type from basalts (above) to peridotites and dunites (below). It is named after its discoverer, Croatian seismologist Andrija Mohorovičić (1857-1936).
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