A major trough or downwarp of the Earth's crust, in which great thicknesses of sedimentary and/or volcanic rocks have accumulated.
A major downwarp in the Earth's crust, usually more than 1000 kilometers in length, in which sediment accumulate to thicknesses of many kilometers. The sediments may eventually be deformed and metamorphosed during a mountain-building episode.
continental margin downwarping in the earth's crust that has seen sedimentation and volcanic activity.
a linear basin that accumulated sediments over a very long period of time)
general term for an elongate, downwarped portion of the crust which is or has been accumulating a thick sequence of sedimentary and/or volcanic rocks.
a large linear trough that received stratified sediments for a long period of time, subsiding slowly enough that the sediments were usually terrestrial or deposited in relatively shallow water.
Layers of rocks that have been tilted from their original horizontal stratification to form a huge basin which then fills with sediments.
A broad trough in the crust, often filled with sediment.
a broad, elongated, downward curve or flexure of the earth's crust. [AHDOS
A geosyncline is a largely obsolete term for a subsiding linear trough that was caused by the accumulation of sedimentary rock strata deposited in a basin and subsequently compressed, deformed, and uplifted into a mountain range, with attendant volcanism and plutonism. The filling of a geosyncline with tons of sediment is accompanied in the late stages of deposition by folding, crumpling, and faulting of the deposits. Intrusion of crystalline igneous rock and regional uplift along the axis of the trough generally complete the history of a particular geosyncline.