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structural geology

the branch of geology dealing with the structure and distribution of the rocks that make up the crust of the earth.
Also called tectonics.
Compare structure (def 7a).
Origin of structural geology
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • structural geology is the study of the physical forms and relations of rocks which result mainly from deformation by earth forces.

  • In short, the following of a coal seam requires at almost every stage the application of principles of structural geology.

  • Another event of the year was the translation of structural geology into French.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • But in physical and structural geology he took a very high place among living scientists.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin

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