Tectosphere | Article about Tectosphere by The Free Dictionary
The region of the earth's crust occupied by the tectonic plates.
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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
the outer shell of the earth. The tectosphere comprises the crust and upper mantle and is the principal region of occurrence of tectonic and magmatic processes. It is characterized by vertical and horizontal nonuniformity of the physical properties and composition of its constituent rocks.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Because the word "plate' has become synonymous with the lithosphere in plate tectonics, he prefers to use the term "tectosphere' to define the upper part of the earth that moves as a single entity.
Photo: Many scientists now believe that the plates (or the tectosphere, denoted by the white line extending from left) are much thicker and colder under continents than under oceans.