shale


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shale

 (shāl)
n.
A fissile rock composed of layers of claylike, fine-grained sediments.

[Probably from Middle English, shell, from Old English scealu; see skel- in Indo-European roots.]

shal′ey adj.

shale

(ʃeɪl)
n
(Geological Science) a dark fine-grained laminated sedimentary rock formed by compression of successive layers of clay-rich sediment
[Old English scealu shell; compare German Schalstein laminated limestone; see scale1, scale2]
ˈshaly adj

shale

(ʃeɪl)

n.
a rock of fissile or laminated structure formed by the consolidation of clay or argillaceous material.
[1740–50]
shale′like`, shal′ey, adj.

shale

(shāl)
A fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of compacted and hardened clay, silt, or mud. Shale forms in many distinct layers and splits easily into thin sheets or slabs. It varies in color from black or gray to brown or red. See Table at rock.

shale

A type of layered sedimentary rock formed chiefly from clay.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shale - a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clayshale - a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay
sedimentary rock - rock formed from consolidated clay sediments
humic shale - shale that is rich in humic acids
oil shale - shale from which oil can be obtained by heating
Translations
břidlice
skifer
agyagpala
leirsteinn
slāneklis

shale

[ʃeɪl]
A. Nesquisto m
B. CPD shale oil Npetróleo m de esquisto

shale

[ˈʃeɪl] nschiste m argileux

shale

nSchiefer m

shale

[ʃeɪl] nscisto

shale

(ʃeil) noun
type of rock from which oil is sometimes obtained.
References in classic literature ?
It could do no more, for when it advanced pieces of sharp shale flew from the windows.
They dipped across beds of light snow and snow-powdered shale, where they took refuge from a gale in a camp of Tibetans hurrying down tiny sheep, each laden with a bag of borax.
Oil shale (in German Olschiefer) is a sedimentary rock rich in organic matter that can be industrially processed into oil.
It was pointed out that nowadays the proven shale gas reserves across the globe were estimated at about five trillion cubic meters, which was less than three per cent of the world's aggregate proven gas reserves.
This research study analyzes the market for oil shale in terms of revenue (USD Million) and volume (Million Barrels).
Iran claims to have vast shale oil and gas reserves in the west and the south.
We are negotiating with Germany to use their advanced technology for the hi-tech section of Lorestan shale projects," Hormuz Qalavand, the exploration director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), told FNA on Saturday.
The currently available evidence indicates that the potential risks to public health from exposure to emissions associated with the shale gas extraction process are low if operations are properly run and regulated," said John Harrison, director of PHE's centre for radiation, chemical and environmental hazards.
Although US officials have repeatedly said that the nation will be the number-one exporter of shale oil by 2025 or 2035 worldwide, many critics cast serious doubts at this strategic prospect.
There are 345 billion barrels of shale oil and 7,299 trillion cubic feet of shale gas resources worldwide, says the report.
The term oil shale generally refers to any sedimentary rock that contains solid bituminous materials (called kerogen) that are released as petroleum-like liquids when the rock is heated in the chemical process of pyrolysis.
The report says that China lacks the technological ability to develop shale gas resources on its own, for which it has invited North American companies, the masters of the art that have given the US such unprecedented success, to partner with its domestic companies and help produce the shale gas.