What does tectonic uplift mean?

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  1. tectonic uplift(Noun)

    The raising of a geographical area as a consequence of plate tectonics.

    The meander in the river had been become incised as a result of tectonic uplift.


  1. Tectonic uplift

    Tectonic uplift is the portion of the total geologic uplift of the mean earth surface that is not attributable to an isostatic response to unloading. Isostatic response is important and will be discussed in this article; however, an increase in the mean elevation of a region can only occur in response to tectonic processes of crustal thickening, changes in the density distribution of the crust and underlying mantle, and flexural support due to the bending of rigid lithosphere. It is also good to take into consideration the effects of denudation. Within the scope of this topic, uplift relates to denudation in that denudation brings buried rocks closer to the surface. This process can redistribute large loads from an elevated region to a topographically lower area as well – thus promoting isostatic response in the region of denudation. The timing, magnitude, and rate of denudation can be estimated using pressure-temperature studies. Crustal thickening has an upward component of motion and often occurs when continental crust is thrust onto continental crust. Basically nappes from each plate collide and begin to stack one on top of the other; evidence of this process can be seen in preserved ophiolitic nappes, and in rocks with an inverted metamorphic gradient. The preserved inverted metamorphic gradient indicates that nappes were actually stacked on top of each other so quickly, that hot rocks did not have time to equilibrate before being thrust on top of cool rocks. The process of nappe stacking can only continue for so long, as gravity will eventually disallow further vertical growth.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tectonic uplift in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tectonic uplift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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