[treated as singular] The branch of geophysics that deals with the forces that cause movement and deformation in the earth's crust.
- ‘This paper reviews the recent progress in the studies of experimental rock mechanics and tectonophysics concerning seismology and physics of the Earth's interior in China.’
- ‘Plate tectonics and tectonophysics are disciplines of Earth Science which describe the motions of the Earth's crust and the associated driving mechanisms of such motion.’
- ‘Tectonophysics is aimed at incoming graduate students and senior undergraduates, and examines the basic physical processes of the dynamic Earth.’
1950s: from tectonics + physics.