One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The regional uplift of an extensive area of the earth's crust.
- ‘Reconstructing the tectonic history of the western UK basins is hampered by the difficulty in recognizing and discriminating the superimposed effects of epeirogeny and inversion.’
- ‘This would allow discrimination of the effects of erosion owing to footwall uplift from those owing to inversion and/or epeirogeny.’
Late 19th century: from Greek ēpeiros ‘mainland’ + -geny.
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