Term: Isostasy Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: The balance between changes within the Earth's crust and mantle, where material is displaced in response to an increase (isostatic depression) or decrease (isostatic rebound) in mass at any point on the Earth's surface above. Such changes are frequently caused by advances or retreats of glaciers.  USGSGlaciers(ambiguous) 

Isostasy refers to the response of the earth to changes in surface load. It includes the deformational and gravitational response. This response is elastic on short time scales, as in the earth-ocean response to recent changes in mountain glaciation, or viscoelastic on longer time scales, as in the response to the last deglaciation following the Last Glacial Maximum. See also Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA).  IPCC2013