geologic process

Definitions of geologic process
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n (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified

Synonyms:
geological process
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alluvion
gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment
desertification
the gradual transformation of habitable land into desert; is usually caused by climate change or by destructive use of the land
diastrophism
the process of deformation that produces continents and ocean basins in the earth's crust
eating away, eroding, erosion, wearing, wearing away
(geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
fold, folding
a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock
glaciation
the process of covering the earth with glaciers or masses of ice
intrusion
the forcing of molten rock into fissures or between strata of an earlier rock formation
metamorphism
change in the structure of rock by natural agencies such as pressure or heat or introduction of new chemical substances
orogeny
the process of mountain formation (especially by the upward displacement of the earth's crust)
stratification
forming or depositing in layers
subduction
a geological process in which one edge of a crustal plate is forced sideways and downward into the mantle below another plate
chatter mark
marks on a glaciated rock caused by the movement of a glacier
ablation
the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
abrasion, attrition, corrasion, detrition
erosion by friction
anamorphism
metamorphism that occurs deep under the earth's surface; changes simple minerals into complex minerals
beach erosion
the erosion of beaches
epigenesis
a geological change in the mineral content of rock after the rock has formed
foliation
(geology) the arrangement of leaflike layers in a rock
Riss glaciation
the next-to-last Pleistocene glaciation in the Alps and the deposits laid down at that time
Saale glaciation
the next-to-last Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe and the deposits laid down at that time
Wolstonian glaciation
the next-to-last Pleistocene glaciation in Britain and the deposits laid down at that time
deflation
(geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind
katamorphism
metamorphism that occurs at or near the earth's surface; breaks down complex minerals into simpler ones
planation
the process of erosion whereby a level surface is produced
soil erosion
the washing away of soil by the flow of water
Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

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