Definition of Isostasy

1. Noun. (geology) a general equilibrium of the forces tending to elevate or depress the earth's crust.

Category relationships: Geology
Generic synonyms: Equilibrium



Definition of Isostasy

1. n. The state or quality of being isostatic.

Definition of Isostasy

1. Noun. (geology) The state of balance or pressure equilibrium thought to exist within the Earth's crust, whereby the upper lithosphere floats on denser magma beneath. ¹

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Definition of Isostasy

1. the state of balance in the earth's crust [n -SIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Isostasy

isospecific
isospectral
isospectrality
isospin
isospins
isospondyli
isospondylous
isospora
isosporiasis
isosporic
isospories
isostacies
isostacy
isostasies
isostasy (current term)
isostatic
isostatically
isostaticity
isostatics
isostemonous
isostemony
isostere
isosteres
isosteric
isostery
isosthenuria
isostilbic
isostrain
isostress

Literary usage of Isostasy

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1. Structural Geology by Charles Kenneth Leith (1913)
"HAYFORD'S OBSERVATIONS ON isostasy Many more observations of the Coast and ... any large portion of the United States meets the requirements of isostasy. ..."

2. Geodesy: Including Astronomical Observations, Gravity Measurements, and by George Leonard Hosmer (1919)
"isostasy — Isostatic Compensation. For many years it has been known that the ... This condition is given the name isostasy. It appears that the theory was ..."

3. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North (1914)
"Dynamic Geology: isostasy.—The physics of the earth's interior with regard to isostasy is being investigated in this country and in India, with results ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Becker, George Ferdinand—Continued isostasy and radioactivity. Science ns 41:157- 60 Ja 29 '15 Becker, Gustav L. Sight reading. ..."

5. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1893)
"It is thus indicated that throughout the southeastern part of North America isostasy is probably perfect, or, in other words, "that land and sea bottom are ..."

6. Final Report by New Jersey Geological Survey (1902)
"isostasy. These relations between the amount of post-glacial elevation and the center of the ice field have led to the hypothesis (i) that 1 George H. Stone ..."

7. The Physics of Earthquake Phenomena by Cargill Gilston Knott (1908)
"isostasy. Elastic and Quasi-elastic. IT is worthy of remark that the oldest science is Astronomy and the youngest Geology. Ages before any systematic ..."

8. Proceedings by Pacific Science Association (1921)
"The investigations in the subject of isostasy have led to the definite ... isostasy cannot explain, how this condition came about; whether oceans have ..."

9. Structural Geology by Charles Kenneth Leith (1913)
"HAYFORD'S OBSERVATIONS ON isostasy Many more observations of the Coast and ... any large portion of the United States meets the requirements of isostasy. ..."

10. Geodesy: Including Astronomical Observations, Gravity Measurements, and by George Leonard Hosmer (1919)
"isostasy — Isostatic Compensation. For many years it has been known that the ... This condition is given the name isostasy. It appears that the theory was ..."

11. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North (1914)
"Dynamic Geology: isostasy.—The physics of the earth's interior with regard to isostasy is being investigated in this country and in India, with results ..."

12. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Becker, George Ferdinand—Continued isostasy and radioactivity. Science ns 41:157- 60 Ja 29 '15 Becker, Gustav L. Sight reading. ..."

13. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1893)
"It is thus indicated that throughout the southeastern part of North America isostasy is probably perfect, or, in other words, "that land and sea bottom are ..."

14. Final Report by New Jersey Geological Survey (1902)
"isostasy. These relations between the amount of post-glacial elevation and the center of the ice field have led to the hypothesis (i) that 1 George H. Stone ..."

15. The Physics of Earthquake Phenomena by Cargill Gilston Knott (1908)
"isostasy. Elastic and Quasi-elastic. IT is worthy of remark that the oldest science is Astronomy and the youngest Geology. Ages before any systematic ..."

16. Proceedings by Pacific Science Association (1921)
"The investigations in the subject of isostasy have led to the definite ... isostasy cannot explain, how this condition came about; whether oceans have ..."

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