One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large igneous intrusion extending to an unknown depth in the earth's crust.
- ‘The magmas that formed the batholith were generated in response to the subduction of the Farallon plate beneath the North American plate.’
- ‘Below the transparent batholith, the crust is very reflective to depths of c.20 km.’
- ‘The batholith extends into the west Kimberley, and is more than 750 km long and about 60-70 km wide.’
- ‘The lower crust beneath the Dzhabyk batholith is only weakly reflective and the Moho is not imaged.’
- ‘The currently accepted name for this part of the craton is the Murehwa batholith.’
Early 20th century: coined in German from Greek bathos ‘depth’ + -lith.
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