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  1. What is isostatic adjustment and how is it related to the formation of the continental shield?
Jan 8th, 2015

Isostatic adjustment is described as nonelastic response of the earth's lithosphere to loading and unloading due to erosion, deposition, water loading, desiccation, ice accumulation, and deglaciation


When a certain area of lithosphere reaches the state of isostasy, it is said to be in isostatic equilibrium. This concept is invoked to explain how different topographic heights can exist at Earth's surface and how continental shields were formed.

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