Origin of lithosphere
Also called ge·o·sphere [jee-uh-sfeer] /ˈdʒi əˌsfɪər/.
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Our globe is a cooling and contracting body, and depression must always be the prevailing movement of the lithosphere.Fragments of Earth Lore
Thus were formed the oceanic basin and the continental arches of the lithosphere.
The lithosphere is the more or less stable crust of the earth, which may have been, to begin with, about fifty miles in thickness.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
The accompanying figure shows the boundaries of lithosphere plates that are presently active.Volcanoes
Robert I. Tilling
These igneous rocks were consolidated either upon the surface of the lithosphere or in its interior.
- the rigid outer layer of the earth, having an average thickness of about 75 km and comprising the earth's crust and the solid part of the mantle above the asthenosphere
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Word Origin and History for lithosphere
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The outer part of the Earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle. It is about 55 km (34 mi) thick beneath the oceans and up to about 200 km (124 mi) thick beneath the continents. The high velocity with which seismic waves propagate through the lithosphere suggests that it is completely solid. Compare asthenosphere atmosphere hydrosphere.
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