Definition of Asthenosphere

1. Noun. The lower layer of the crust.

Generic synonyms: Layer
Group relationships: Crust, Earth's Crust



Definition of Asthenosphere

1. Noun. (geology) The zone of the Earth's upper mantle, below the lithosphere. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Asthenosphere

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Asthenosphere

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Literary usage of Asthenosphere

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1914)
"... Weakness— the asthenosphere : JOSEPH BARBELL. (Introduced by Professor Charles Schuchert.) The mass of every mountain or mountain range tends to deflect ..."

2. The Evolution of the Earth and Its Inhabitants: A Series Delivered Before by Joseph Barrell, Charles Schuchert, Lorande Loss Woodruff, Richard Swann Lull, Ellsworth Huntington (1918)
"The excess heat generated in the asthenosphere is, on the contrary, so deeply buried that it cannot escape in that manner but must slowly transform some of ..."

3. Permafrost: Second International Conference, July 13-28, 1973 : USSR by Frederick J. Sanger, Peter J. Hyde (1978)
"... type is presumably associated with an escape of energy and a partial congealing of the asthenosphere in a previous stage of development. ..."

4. Geological Disasters in the Philippines: July ‘90 Earthquake & June ‘91 by Giovanni Rantucci (1995)
"... the asthenosphere; in contrast, plate collision or underthrusting of one plate under another is generally associated with acid and explosive volcanism. ..."

5. Earthquakes: A Teacher's Package for K-6 edited by Phyllis R. Marcuccio (1999)
"Lower Mantle and Core Directly below the lithosphère is the asthenosphere, a region of the mantle with a plastic, semisolid consistency, which reaches to ..."

6. Abstracts of the Eighth International Conference on Geochronology by Marvin A. Lanphere, G. Brent Dalrymple, Brent D. Turrin (1994)
"We interpret this discrepancy between (La/Sm)^ and radiogenic Pb and He to result from broad pollution of the asthenosphere by dispersion of these plumes ..."

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