continental crust

(redirected from Continental lithosphere)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to Continental lithosphere: Continental crust

continental crust

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl ′krəst]
(geology)
The basement complex of rock, that is, metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rock with associated igneous rocks mainly granitic, that underlies the continents and the continental shelves.
References in periodicals archive ?
It's possible that magmatism in this initial phase was a product of residual effect of rifting phase that was developed progressively from the Triassic thinning continental lithosphere and then in the Middle Jurassic it obeyed with more security a derived magmatic arc of a subduction zone (Fig.
2002, 2001 and 2000), show by modeling with fission tracks in apatite, zircon and white mica for Ecuador the increment of the cooling rates in the continental lithosphere, being observed a period of cooling for the Cordillera Real and the Amotape terrane.
Although 20 km value is low in relation to other works, it is totally congruent with the results that have to be expected in Admittance studies, that make use of free air anomalies, because in studies like McKenzie and Fairhead (1997), it has been found that for continental lithosphere the elastic thickness value, with some exceptions, do not exceed 25 km, since, it is usually close to the seismogenic thickness value, this argument is still in discussion.
Most mantle heterogeneity appears related to melt extraction to form continental and oceanic crust, and recycling of oceanic and continental lithosphere back into the mantle.
The thickness of the basin sediments revealed how much the lower block warped under the weight of the top one, allowing the researchers to calculate that the continental lithosphere in this region once measured less than half its present thickness.
8 million instead of the $6 million the scientists had expected from the National Science Foundation's Continental Lithosphere Program.
There is little question that it has been a successful "big science" project, bringing together earth scientists from across the country to work toward a common goal: to understand the large-scale architecture of the Canadian continental lithosphere.
Continental lithosphere is strongest in midcontinent areas, where it is oldest and therefore coldest.
Analoque modeling of continental lithosphere is presented by Brun, while Wiesmayer et al.
NSF research on the earth's continental lithosphere (crust)--owing to its relevance to energy and minerals exploration--has been targeted for a 62.
4 million increase in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) earth sciences budget goes for studies of the continental lithosphere.
1988, A major change in the thermal state of the Earth at the Archean-Proterozoic boundary: consequences for the nature and preservation of continental lithosphere, in Menzies, M.

Full browser ?