Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a region of depression, having, consequently, a synclinal structure. See geanticlinal.
- Having the characters of a geosyncline.
- n. geology The downward bend or subsidence of the Earth's crust, which permits the gradual accumulation of sediment and hence forms the first step in the formation of a mountain range.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) the downward bend or subsidence of the earth's crust, which allows of the gradual accumulation of sediment, and hence forms the first step in the making of a mountain range; -- opposed to
- geo- + synclinal (Wiktionary)
“Gunung Mulu lies in the north-west Borneo geosynclinal belts and the geology includes all the major lithological units.”
“We learned of Marshall Kay's geosynclinal cycle, which is a bunch of crap.”
“The work of De Montessus showed that over 94 per cent. of all recorded shocks lie in the geosynclinal belts.”
“Ever heard of phlogiston theory or geocentrism or geosynclinal theory?”
“If they want to resurrect geosynclinal theory for the formation of orogenic belts - go for it.”
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