continental drift


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continental drift

n.
The movement, formation, or re-formation of continents described by the theory of plate tectonics.

continental drift

n
(Geological Science) geology the theory that the earth's continents move gradually over the surface of the planet on a substratum of magma. The present-day configuration of the continents is thought to be the result of the fragmentation of a single landmass, Pangaea, that existed 200 million years ago. See also plate tectonics

con′tinen′tal drift′


n.
the lateral movement of continents resulting from the motion of crustal plates.
[1925–30]

continental drift

The gradual movement of the Earth's continents toward or away from each other. See more at plate tectonics. See Note at Gondwanaland.

continental drift

The theory that continents have drifted around the face of the Earth.
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Noun1.continental drift - the gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics)
geological phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
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