geological phenomenon

Definitions of geological phenomenon
  1. noun
    a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth
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    earthquake, quake, seism, temblor
    shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
    endogeny
    a geological phenomenon below the surface of the earth
    alluvial cone, alluvial fan
    a fan-shaped deposit where a fast flowing stream flattens out
    cataclysm, catastrophe
    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
    continental drift
    the gradual movement and formation of continents (as described by plate tectonics)
    alluviation, deposit, sedimentation
    the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating
    alluvion, deluge, flood, inundation
    the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
    frost heave, frost heaving
    upthrust of ground or pavement caused by the freezing of moist soil
    transgression
    the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata
    volcanism
    the phenomena associated with volcanic activity
    seismic disturbance, shock
    an instance of agitation of the earth's crust
    earth tremor, microseism, tremor
    a small earthquake
    seaquake, submarine earthquake
    an earthquake at the sea bed
    nuclear winter
    a long period of darkness and extreme cold that scientists predict would follow a full-scale nuclear war; a layer of dust and smoke in the atmosphere would cover the earth and block the rays of the sun; most living organisms would perish
    load, lode
    a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
    debacle
    flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
    flash flood, flashflood
    a sudden local flood of great volume and short duration
    Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, Noah's flood, the Flood
    (Biblical) the great deluge that is said in the Book of Genesis to have occurred in the time of Noah; it was brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of human beings
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    natural phenomenon
    all phenomena that are not artificial
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