A fold, closing in any direction, in which the older rocks occupy the core. Anticlinal folds can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. Symmetrical folds resemble an upside down U-shape.

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An"ti*cline (?), n. [See Anticlinal.] (Geol.)

A structure of bedded rocks in which the beds on both sides of an axis or axial plane dip away from the axis; an anticlinal.

 

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