Obduction Definition

A geologic process in which the oceanic crust of the edge of a tectonic plate is thrust over the continental crust of the edge of another, adjacent plate.
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Origin of Obduction

  • Latin obductiō, obductiōn- act of covering or enveloping from obductus past participle of obdūcere to draw forward, cover over ob- toward, before ob– dūcere to lead, draw deuk- in Indo-European roots

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

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