Carboniferous


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Car·bon·if·er·ous

 (kär′bə-nĭf′ər-əs)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being the geologic division of the Paleozoic Era from about 359 to 299 million years ago. The Carboniferous Period follows the Devonian Period and precedes the Permian Period and includes the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Periods. It is characterized, especially in the Pennsylvanian, by swamp formation and deposition of plant remains that later hardened into coal.
2. carboniferous Producing or containing carbon or coal.
n.
The Carboniferous Period. See Table at geologic time.

carboniferous

(ˌkɑːbəˈnɪfərəs)
adj
yielding coal or carbon

Carboniferous

(ˌkɑːbəˈnɪfərəs)
adj
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or formed in the fifth period of the Palaeozoic era, between the Devonian and Permian periods, lasting for nearly 64 million years during which coal measures were formed
n
(Geological Science) the Carboniferous the Carboniferous period or rock system

Car•bon•if•er•ous

(ˌkɑr bəˈnɪf ər əs)

adj.
1. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, including the Pennsylvanian and Mississippian periods as epochs, occurring from 345 million to 280 million years ago.
2. (l.c.) producing carbon or coal.
n.
3. the Carboniferous Period or System.
[1790–1800; < Latin carbōn-, s. of carbō charcoal + -i- + -ferous]

Car·bon·if·er·ous

(kär′bə-nĭf′ər-əs)
The geologic time comprising the Mississippian (or Lower Carboniferous) and Pennsylvanian (or Upper Carboniferous) Periods of the Paleozoic Era, from about 360 to 286 million years ago. During the Carboniferous, widespread swamps formed in which plant remains accumulated and later hardened into coal. See Chart at geologic time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Carboniferous - from 345 million to 280 million years ago
Paleozoic, Paleozoic era - from 544 million to about 230 million years ago
Pennsylvanian, Pennsylvanian period, Upper Carboniferous, Upper Carboniferous period - from 310 million to 280 million years ago; warm climate; swampy land
Lower Carboniferous, Lower Carboniferous period, Missippian period, Mississippian - from 345 million to 310 million years ago; increase of land areas; primitive ammonites; winged insects
Adj.1.carboniferous - of or relating to the Carboniferous geologic era; "carboniferous rock system"
2.carboniferous - relating to or consisting of or yielding carbon
Translations

carboniferous

[ˌkɑːbəˈnɪfərəs] ADJcarbonífero

carboniferous

adj (Geol) → kohlehaltig

carboniferous

[ˌkɑːbəˈnɪfrəs] adjcarbonifero/a
References in classic literature ?
Lyell in the carboniferous strata of North America.
Lyell and Dawson found carboniferous beds 1400 feet thick in Nova Scotia, with ancient root-bearing strata, one above the other, at no less than sixty-eight different levels.
The main points of interest consist, first in some highly fossiliferous strata, belonging to the Devonian or Carboniferous period; secondly, in proofs of a late small rise of the land; and lastly, in a solitary and superficial patch of yellowish limestone or travertin, which contains numerous impressions of leaves of trees, together with land-shells, not now existing.
Thus conversing we followed the intricate trail toward the temple, which we came upon in a small clearing surrounded by enormous trees similar to those which must have flourished upon the outer crust during the carboniferous age.
"If ever geologists should by any chance live upon earth again they will have some strange theories of the existence of man in carboniferous strata."
The well is targeting stacked Lower Carboniferous sandstones and is located 35 km north of the Breagh field, which is currently the most northerly producing field in the Southern North Sea.
Under the Svalbard ice cap, Carboniferous era coal seams.
Precious samples can be also seen in the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava.The results led to about 6,000 records about the evolution of the water insect since the Carboniferous period until today, and showed that the insect is not able to go out from the water onto dry land.
These authors reported [delta][.sup.13][C.sub.org] in conodont elements of the Late Devonian genus Palmatolepis (from -24.5[per thousand] to -24.0[per thousand]), Early Carboniferous (Mississippian) siphonodellids (-26.3[per thousand] and -27.3[per thousand]) and Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) Streptognathodus elegantulus (from -23.0[per thousand] to -24.0[per thousand]), and noted that significant isotopic differences may be related to 'local changes in source of organic carbon, global changes in the carbon budget, or to dietary differences among conodont animals' (Over & Grossman 1992 p.
"The rocks in your area are Carboniferous - 300 to 360 million years old.