continental plate

  a segment of the earth crust made up of sial. Found mostly, but not exclusively, above sea-level.

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  • continental plate — noun A plate (qv) of the lithosphere • • • Main Entry: ↑continent …   Useful english dictionary

  • continental plate — /kɒntəˈnɛntəl pleɪt/ (say kontuh nentuhl playt) noun Geology that part of a tectonic plate which lies underneath a continent; thicker and less dense than an oceanic plate …   Australian English dictionary

  • continental shelf —   shallow sea floor fringing continents. That part of the continental plate that is currently flooded due to modern sea levels …   Geography glossary

  • plate tectonics — plate tectonic, adj. Geol. a theory of global tectonics in which the lithosphere is divided into a number of crustal plates, each of which moves on the plastic asthenosphere more or less independently to collide with, slide under, or move past… …   Universalium

  • Continental Can Company — (CCC) was an American producer of metal containers and packaging company. The Continental Can Company was founded by Edwin Norton[1] T.G. Cranwell in 1904,[2] three years after the formation of its greatest rival, American Can Company.[2]… …   Wikipedia

  • Continental (currency) — Continental currency was a paper currency issued by the Continental Congress, after the Revolutionary War began in 1775. Eric P. Newman, a leading authority on the early paper money of America, distinguishes between Continental Currency, issued… …   Wikipedia

  • continental — continental, ale, aux [ kɔ̃tinɑ̃tal, o ] adj. • 1773; de 2. continent 1 ♦ Relatif à un continent. Climat continental, des terres éloignées de l influence océanique (grands écarts de température; pluies assez fortes en été). Plateau continental :… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Continental fragment — Continental crustal fragments, partially synonymous with microcontinents, are fragments of continents thought to have been broken off from the main continental mass forming distinct islands, possibly several hundred kilometers from their place of …   Wikipedia

  • Continental Bank Building — at 30 Broad Street General information Type Banking, Brokering Address …   Wikipedia

  • Continental drift — the movements of continents relative to each other across the Earth s surface; see {plate tectonics}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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