geological process


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Noun1.geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
alluvion - gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment
desertification - the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land; "the dust storms in Korea are the result of rapid desertification in China"
diastrophism - the process of deformation that produces continents and ocean basins in the earth's crust
eating away, eroding, erosion, wearing, wearing away - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
folding, fold - a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock
glaciation - the process of covering the earth with glaciers or masses of ice
intrusion - the forcing of molten rock into fissures or between strata of an earlier rock formation
metamorphism - change in the structure of rock by natural agencies such as pressure or heat or introduction of new chemical substances
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
orogeny - the process of mountain formation (especially by the upward displacement of the earth's crust)
stratification - forming or depositing in layers
subduction - a geological process in which one edge of a crustal plate is forced sideways and downward into the mantle below another plate
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The formation and development of caves is known as speleogenesis, a geological process that takes millions of years to occur.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang karst mountains can provide a lot of valuable information about the Earth's prolonged geological process through various periods, from the Ordovician Age and Silurian Age (about 463.
The far more common flake type (sedimentary) graphite deposits form through a completely different geological process.
An entry for each mineral series provides identification photos, discussions about geological process and geochemistry, and collector concerns alike, making for a fine pick for any geology holding.
They condense the powers that shape the land, amplifying qualities evident in the geological process.
Ice Age Floods is the first trail devoted to a geological process, a process whose impact is still being felt: "When the flood waters raced across portions of eastern Washington, they scraped a lot of the soil away down to the basalt rock--and those areas can't be farmed to this day," says Keith Dunbar, a Park Service planner who has been closely involved in the trail's development.
Global warming is a natural geological process that could begin to reverse itself within 10 to 20 years, predicts Robert Essenhigh, E.
Located 150 miles north of San Francisco, the Pygmy Forest is the result of a geological process dating back to the Pleistocene Era.

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