One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trough or fold of stratified rock in which the strata slope upward from the axis.Compare with anticline
- ‘A series of transverse anticlines and synclines are observed that have axes orientated NE-SW, approximately perpendicular to the fault zone.’
- ‘At several localities a west-verging footwall syncline has developed as a consequence of westward transport on the overlying thrust sheet.’
- ‘The faults have a systematic geometric relationship with folds, with anticlines in the mutual hanging walls of fault pairs and broader footwall synclines that define the shallow dish forms of the polygons.’
- ‘A series of synclines and anticlines developed within the basin at several localities but most prominently south of the Aghios Georgios fault zone.’
- ‘Complex folding makes detailed interpretations of the geological structure difficult, but the area essentially consists of a large, tightly folded syncline that strikes about N.20 [degrees] E.’
Late 19th century: from syn- ‘together’ + Greek klinein ‘to lean’, on the pattern of incline.
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