Wilson cycle


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Wilson cycle

n.
The cyclical opening and closing of ocean basins caused by movement of the earth's plates.

[After John Tuzo Wilson (1908-1993), Canadian geophysicist.]
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The new subduction zone--where a tectonic plate slides beneath another plate and into Earth's mantle--could mark the beginning of a new phase of the so-called Wilson Cycle, whereby tectonic plate movement breaks up supercontinents, opens oceans and creates new subduction zones that then shrink oceans, bringing the continents back together.
The research pinpoints when this so-called Wilson cycle began.
When I arrived in Denver in 2005 to head DCTC, one of my first decisions was that Hicks should complete the August Wilson cycle.
Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the second play in Wilson cycle, builds upon many of the same African American cultural identifiers that its antecedent Gem of the Ocean establishes.
2001, Paleoproterozoic Huronian basin: product of a Wilson cycle punctuated by glaciations and a meteorite impact: Sedimentary Geology, v.
Norman Gauld, who runs Wilson Cycles in Bridge Street, has seen his takings jump 30% compared with 2008.
Wilson Cycles, winner of four events at last week's opening of the track racing season at Kirkby Sports Centre, continued his winning ways last night to strengthen his clear lead in the points league.