Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Anticlinorium: Synclinorium, synclines


A series of anticlines and synclines that form a general arch or anticline.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a large and complexly structured series of folds in the strata of the earth’s crust that occurs in geosynclines as a result of major and protracted uplifts in the earth’s crust which are accompanied by folding processes and characterized by a general uplift in the center. The anti-clinorium may be many hundreds of kilometers long and scores of kilometers across; a particularly large anti-clinorium is called a meganticlinorium. Emerging on the surface are the more ancient and usually greatly metamorphosed rocks than in the adjacent synclinoria. The axes of the folds are often arranged in a fanlike pattern, with tilting of the folds toward the adjacent synclinoria. Zones of thrust disturbances, along which displacement of the rock masses in the same direction takes place, often develop on the wings of anticlinoria. Outcroppings of large intrusive bodies (granites and so forth) are often found in anticlinoria. Examples are the anticlinoria of the Glavnyi Kavkaz Range, the Uraltau, the Tarbagatai, and the Chingiz.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The main volcanic edifice is a cylindrical hill, 900 m in diameter and 250 m high above the surrounding valleys, that crops out in the axial zone of the anticlinorium (Figs.
There are no Upper Jurassic deposits in the south-eastern tip of the Tengi-Beshbarmag anticlinorium and the Shahdag-Khyzy synclinorium.
The main orecontrolling structure is the Xuebaoding anticlinorium, on the southeastern side of the Xuebaoding dome.
Deposits also occur within the Tengi-Beshbarmag anticlinorium and the superimposed trough of Gusar-Devechi.
Rb-Sr ages of the "Sugar" Granite and Lost Lake Granite, Miramichi Anticlinorium, Hayesville map area, New Brunswick.
To the north of San Juan River it is a wider anticlinorium, composed of several smaller folds whose detailed geometry is shown in figure 7.
The anticlinorium axis passes through the center of the Zlate Hory ore district and is arched from SSE in the south to NW-WNW in the northern area.
The south-eastern region is characterised by several megastructural features, notably the Calabar flank, the Mamfe embayment, the Anambra basin, the Afikpo syncline, the Abakaliki anticlinorium, the Niger Delta, the Oban massif and the Obudu plateau (Figure 2).
The Abakaliki anticlinorium, which is one of the depocenters in the lower Benue Trough, contains approximately 3600 m thick sediments.