Earth Science | Magazine Articles | VOL. 11, ISSUE 69, November-December 2011 |

Earth Balance | Isostasy or Gravitational Equilibrium

Isostasy (Greek, isos: equal, stasis: standstill) in earth science is used as a concept of the gravitational equilibrium that explains the balance of topographical undulations on the Earth’s surface. The need to achieve natural balance or isostasy takes place on Earth wherever a large amount of weight is present. This weight might be due to a large mountain, ice from an ice age or even from human structures such as the weight from large man made lakes. Isostasy also takes...

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