tectonism

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noun tec·to·nism \ˈtek-tə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of tectonism

  1. :  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

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