continental crust


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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As the continental crust of Earth would have provided the perfect conditions to allow microbial life to thrive, scientists have been working to understand how and when some part of the crust, made from volcanic rock, transformed into the former.
What is the difference in composition between the oceanic crust and the continental crust?
Chromium is found in the Earth's continental crust, and chromium oxidation is directly linked to the presence of free oxygen in the atmosphere.
"The volcanic rock formations including the Samail ophiolite (a large slab of oceanic crust that is made of volcanic rocks and ultramafic rocks from the Earth's upper mantle, which was thrust onto the continental crust as an ophiolite) in the eastern part of Oman contains significant copper-gold volcanic-associated massive sulphide mineralisation," he stated.
The scientist said that a series of studies, including sample drilling at a depth of over 2,500 meters, have provided sufficient evidence to prove that that the Lomonosov and the Mendeleev Ridges are made of continental crust about 460-470 million years old.
The tetrachoric connection value for different types of earth crust for the whole Earth made -0.09 as a whole; the same connection value calculated only for the cases when at least one antipodal point belongs to the continental crust is equal to -0.59.
If the subducting Bengal basin contributes 20 km, remaining thickness of 20Km may be the basement continental crust with undisturbed sediments underlying the deformed sedimentary layers.
This dichotomy arose because ocean crust (made mostly of volcanic basalt) is denser yet thinner than continental crust (made primarily of granite).
The average density of upper continental crust 2,670 kg/[m.sup.3] (Hinze, 2003) was adopted as reference crust density.
Gravity modeling indicates a thinned continental crust underneath the Sarawak shelf and slope and supports the seismic and well data interpretation.

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