- the process by which the earth's surface is reshaped through rock movements and displacements
- formations so made
Origin of diastrophismfrom Classical Greek diastroph?, distortion from diastrephein, to turn aside, distort from dia-, aside + strephein, to turn (see strophe) + -ism
The process of deformation by which the major features of the earth's crust, including continents, mountains, ocean beds, folds, and faults, are formed.
Origin of diastrophismFrom Greek diastrophē distortion from diastrephein to distort dia- apart ; see dia- . strephein to twist ; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.