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The process of chemical and physical change in deposited sediment during its conversion to rock.

di′a·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.


1. (Geological Science) the sum of the physical, chemical, and biological changes that take place in sediments as they become consolidated into rocks, including compaction and cementation, but excluding weathering and metamorphic changes
2. (Chemistry) chem recrystallization of a solid to form large crystal grains from smaller ones
diagenetic adj


(ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

the physical and chemical changes occurring in sediments between the times of deposition and solidification.
di`a•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


The chemical and physical process by which sediment is turned into rock.
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Covariance of C- and O-isotopes with magnetic susceptibility as a result of burial diagenesis of sandstones and carbonates: an example from the Lower Devonian La Vid Group, Cantabrian Zone, NW Spain.
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Although there are several interpretations of the origin of the cinnabar-bearing deposits, it is widely accepted that the cinnabar-forming materials are mainly derived from the Hg-rich carbonate and black shale deposited in marine environments, and that the Hg mineralization took place during diagenesis, as a byproduct of post-depositional geochemical and physical processes.
The dating of ancient bones has been notably unreliable because of diagenesis and isotopic contamination that occur with millennia of environmental exposure.
The light may be less accessible to the surface as permeability in the structure changes, porosity decreases, and permeability changes during early diagenesis (Warren, 1988, 1999).
Molecular taphonomy of animal and plant cuticles: selective preservation and diagenesis.
A relative sea-level fall exposed the upper portion of the succession to meteoric diagenesis and soil development (Haywick and Kopaska-Merkel, in prep.
ADNOC's publication (ADNOC News, March 1999) said preservation of porosity was "possibly attributed to initial deposition environment, subsequent diagenesis and associated ever-pressuring".
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