Lithosphere  

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The lithosphere (Template:Lang-grc [lithos] for "rocky", and Template:Lang [sphaira] for "sphere") is the rigid outermost shell of a rocky planet. On Earth, it comprises the crust and the portion of the upper mantle that behaves elastically on time scales of thousands of years or greater.


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