One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting a fold of strata so acute that the two limbs are parallel.
- ‘Large tight or isoclinal folds with limbs several tens of metres long occur locally.’
- ‘These isoclinal folds deform ‘early’ domains which record a pre-Main Central Thrust compositional banding.’
- ‘However, quarry outcrops of mainly white halitic mylonites display isoclinal folds that suggest a more impressive past.’
- ‘Even the youngest Triassic rocks are strongly folded, in places by isoclinal, recumbent folds.’
- ‘Asymmetrical folds and axial planar quartz veins, isoclinal and rootless folds and boudinage of chert layers are common.’
Mid 19th century (denoting ‘equal magnetic inclination’): from iso- ‘equal’ + Greek klinein ‘to lean, slope’ + -al.
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