Mohorovicic discontinuity

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Mo·ho·ro·vi·čić discontinuity

The boundary between the earth's crust and the underlying mantle, averaging 8 kilometers (5 miles) in depth under the oceans and 32 kilometers (20 miles) in depth under the continents.

[After Andrija Mohorovičić (1857-1936), Croatian geophysicist.]

Mohorovičić discontinuity

(Geological Science) the boundary between the earth's crust and mantle, across which there is a sudden change in the velocity of seismic waves. Often shortened to: Moho
[C20: named after Andrija Mohorovičić (1857–1936), Croatian geologist]

Mo·ho·ro·vi·čić discontinuity

The boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle. The Mohorovičić discontinuity is located at an average depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers) under the oceans and 20 miles (32 kilometers) under the continents. Scientists discovered this boundary because they noticed that the velocity of seismic waves increases sharply as the waves pass from the Earth's crust into the mantle.
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Noun1.Mohorovicic discontinuity - the boundary between the Earth's crust and the underlying mantle; "the Mohorovicic discontinuity averages 5 miles down under oceans and 20 miles down under continents"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
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It was a discontinuity and came to be known as the Mohorovicic discontinuity.
Named for the Mohorovicic discontinuity, the boundary between the crust and mantle, the ambitious attempt to penetrate 6 kilometers of crustal rock was sunk by cost overruns and management problems and scrapped after a few test holes.
Inside Earth, critical reflections occur when seismic waves from an earthquake hit a boundary called the Mohorovicic discontinuity, or "Moho," which forms the border between the low-density crust and the higher-density mantle.