plate tectonic theory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n plate tectonic theory the branch of geology studying the folding and faulting of the earth's crust
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Usage


In news:

Since Vermont's last Bedrock Geologic Map was completed over 50 years ago, there have been new interpretations of geologic history, like plate tectonics theory.
The plate tectonic theory is supported by a wide range of evidence that considers the earth's crust and upper mantle to be composed of several large, thin, relatively rigid plates that move relative to one another.
Plate tectonics — the idea that Earth's surface is divided into large pieces of crust that collide, pull apart or slide past each other — is now a well-accepted theory.
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In science:

Plate tectonics is a relatively new theory that has revolutionized the way geologists think about the Earth.
On the Quantum Aspects of Geophysics
Since the mid-1960s, the plate tectonic theory has been rigorously and successfully tested.
On the Quantum Aspects of Geophysics
Try to answer the question, “What’s wrong with plate tectonics theory?” and you begin to get down to the basics of real science.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?
This might appear to be convincing evidence of plate tectonics theory.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?
But does that mean plate tectonics theory is totally correct? Not necessarily.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?
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