tectonism

noun
tec·to·nism | \ˈtek-tə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of tectonism 

: the process of deformation that produces in the earth's crust its continents and ocean basins, plateaus and mountains, folds of strata, and faults

called also diastrophism

First Known Use of tectonism

1948, in the meaning defined above

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