biostratigraphy

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bi·o·stra·tig·ra·phy

 (bī′ō-strə-tĭg′rə-fē)
n.
The study of the spatial and temporal distribution of fossil organisms, often interpolated with radiometric, geochemical, and paleoenvironmental information as a means of dating rock strata.

biostratigraphy

(ˌbaɪəʊstrəˈtɪɡrəfɪ)
n
the examination of the ages of rock strata by using fossils

bi•o•stra•tig•ra•phy

(ˌbaɪ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi)

n.
a branch of geology dealing with the differentiation of sedimentary rock.
[1945–50]
bi`o•strat`i•graph′ic (-ˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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Disko spoke of whaling voyages in the Fifties; of great she-whales slain beside their young; of death agonies on the black, tossing seas, and blood that spurted forty feet in the air; of boats smashed to splinters; of patent rockets that went off wrong-end-first and bombarded the trembling crews; of cutting-in and boiling-down, and that terrible "nip" of '71, when twelve hundred men were made homeless on the ice in three days - wonderful tales, all true.
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I stayed there and was bombarded with old gentlemen for an hour, perhaps; and all I got out of any of them was "Oh, my
And he bombarded the Almighty with his prayer, at odd times of the day, whenever it occurred to him, in identical words always, for it seemed to him important to make his request in the same terms.
She was wrecked as in the previous century endless barbaric cities had been bombarded, because she was at once too strong to be occupied and too undisciplined and proud to surrender in order to escape destruction.
The town was being bombarded by a hundred and thirty guns which Napoleon had ordered up after four o'clock.
For a year the French fleets blockaded the coast and bombarded exposed towns and villages.
He tripped them up with facts, ambuscaded them with facts, bombarded them with broadsides of facts.