Definition of lithosphere
: the solid part of a celestial body (such as the earth); specifically : the outer part of the solid earth composed of rock essentially like that exposed at the surface, consisting of the crust and outermost layer of the mantle, and usually considered to be about 60 miles (100 kilometers) in thickness
lithosphericplay \ˌli-thə-ˈsfir-ik, -ˈsfer-\ adjective
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The lithosphere is above another layer of mantle called the asthenopshere, where the rock is at just the right pressure and temperature to flow over time and help move the plates.
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Origin and Etymology of lithosphere
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1887See Words from the same year
LITHOSPHERE Defined for Kids
Definition of lithosphere for Students
: the outer part of the solid earth
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