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(as thēn’ ∂ sfer,) A yielding zone in the Earth’s mantle involved in isostatic compensation and in plate-tectonic movements. The asthenosphere lies between the nearly rigid lithosphere and above the mesosphere; it is approximately 200 km thick, has high attenuation of seismic energy (low Q), and little strength. See Figure E-1.