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in geology, a hypothetical process of transforming the continental crust into an oceanic one with a gradual replacement of the silica and alkali in the “granitic” layer of the crust by magnesium, calcium, and iron coming from below (the metasomatic basification of V. V. Tikhomirov). This process would also occur by the “dissolving” of the granites and gneisses in the molten superheated basalt rising from the mantle, as proposed by V. V. Belousov and B. A. Petrushevskii.