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lith·o·sphere

 (lĭth′ə-sfîr′)
n.
The outer part of the earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) thick.

lithosphere

(ˈlɪθəˌsfɪə)
n
(Geological Science) the rigid outer layer of the earth, having an average thickness of about 75 km and comprising the earth's crust and the solid part of the mantle above the asthenosphere

lith•o•sphere

(ˈlɪθ əˌsfɪər)

n.
the crust and upper mantle of the earth.
[1885–90]
lith`o•spher′ic (-ˈsfɛr ɪk) adj.

lith·o·sphere

(lĭth′ə-sfîr′)
The outer part of the Earth, consisting of the crust and upper mantle. It is approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers) thick. Compare asthenosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere.

lithosphere

the solid part of the earth, as contrasted with the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
See also: Earth

lithosphere

The term used to describe the Earth’s crust coupled with the rigid upper mantle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lithosphere - the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantlelithosphere - the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle
layer - a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
crust, Earth's crust - the outer layer of the Earth
earth, globe, world - the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"
mantle - the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
Earth's surface, surface - the outermost level of the land or sea; "earthquakes originate far below the surface"; "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
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It is widely dispersed in the lithosphere and it forms solid solutions with more than 100 minerals.
The Earth's lithosphere, the crust and upper portions of the mantle, is especially thick Down Under, preventing volcanic activity from dramatically reshaping the landscape.
Objective: Most changes in mineralogy, density, and rheology of the Earth s lithosphere take place by metamorphism, whereby rocks evolve through interactions between minerals and fluids.
0 or greater quake could happen on either side of this transition, the researchers report online March 12 in Lithosphere.
Stoermer and has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist, Paul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth's atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological epoch for its lithosphere.
The team, including researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Wheaton College, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NuStar Energy LP, created complex patterns of faults in their models, similar to the ridge and trough features seen in some regions of Ganymede and the models consisted of a "wet clay cake" material possessing brittle characteristics to simulate how the icy moon's lithosphere, the outermost solid shell, responded to stresses by cracking.
In contrast, the movements of today's tectonic plates involve largely lateral movements with oceanic lithosphere recycled in subduction zones.
The roles of the atmosphere and lithosphere are discussed in detail as is the increasingly vital topic of the carbon cycle in light of current global warming.
8 rupture occurred as a result of normal faulting at an intermediate depth -- about 82 kilometres -- in the Arabian plate lithosphere (the uppermost region of the earth's crust).
Long term deposition of atmospheric C as lithosphere formation is known as carbon sequestration (CS), the main remedial measures for global climatic change.
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The Pilbara Craton, one of the oldest parts the continental lithosphere was joined to the Deccan Plateau of India through the Indo- Australian tectonic plate.