Mooney, Walter D. U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.
Natland, James H. Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
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The low-density outermost layer of the Earth above the Mohorovičić discontinuity (the Moho), a global boundary that is defined as the depth in the Earth where the compressional-wave seismic velocity increases rapidly or discontinuously to a value in excess of 4.7 mi/s (7.6 km/s; the upper mantle). The crust is also the cold, upper portion of the Earth's lithosphere, which in terms of plate tectonics is the mobile, outer layer that is underlain by the hot, convecting asthenosphere. See also: Asthenosphere; Lithosphere; Moho (Mohorovičić discontinuity); Plate tectonics
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