Diastrophism meaning

dī-ăstrə-fĭzəm
The process by which the earth's surface is reshaped through rock movements and displacements.
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The process of deformation by which the major features of the earth's crust, including continents, mountains, ocean beds, folds, and faults, are formed.
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Formations so made.
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(geology) The deformation of the Earth's crust to form the continents, mountains and other large features.
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Origin of diastrophism

  • From Greek diastrophē distortion from diastrephein to distort dia- apart dia– strephein to twist streb(h)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition