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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diastrophism the process of deformation that produces continents and ocean basins in the earth's crust
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diastrophism In geology, a general term suggested by J. W. Powell for all the varieties of deformation of the earth's crust. As elaborated by G. K. Gilbert, it is of two varieties: orogeny, or the upheaval of mountains, and epeirogeny, or the production of continents. U. S. Geol. Surv., Monograph 1, pp. 3, 340.
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In literature:

Nor was the violent volcanic and diastrophic activity in the Miocene associated with extreme climates.
"Climatic Changes" by Ellsworth Huntington

In science:

Coupled with the discussion for the ultralocal models, it is evident that the present analysis would suggest a related formulation for so-called Diastrophic Quantum Field Theories introduced by the author in .
Rethinking Renormalization
Klauder, “Covariant Diastrophic Quantum Field Theory”, Phys.
Rethinking Renormalization