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The German Wikipedia has an article on Geotektonik with a list of various theories on Earth formation that preceded tectonics; "Kontraktionstheorie", "Permanenztheorie" etc. There doesn't appear to be any articles on them in the English Wikipedia. Hexmaster (talk) 16:55, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
The introduction tries to explain 'tectonics' with the use of the adjective 'tectonic' twice in its first sentence. This seems rather self-referential, and does very little to explain the term to anyone not already familiar with the subject. Can anyone rewrite this to be clearer, without straying into the 'plate tectonics' description which has a separate entry? Peace Makes Plenty (talk) 14:17, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
Good spot. I've revised the lede to try to remove the assumed knowledge. DanHobley (talk) 18:00, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
The word tectonics, according to this source , derives from the Late Latin tectonicus, although that derives from the Greek tektonikos and ultimately from tekton. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary confirms this and records the first use in its geological meaning in 1893. Mikenorton (talk) 19:38, 2 May 2014 (UTC)