geological formation


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Noun1.geological formation - (geology) the geological features of the earthgeological formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
aquifer - underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
beach - an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
cliff, drop-off, drop - a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"
delta - a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water; "the Mississippi River delta"; "the Nile delta"
diapir - a domed rock formation where a core of rock has moved upward and pierced through the more brittle overlying strata
folium - a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock
foreshore - the part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark
ice mass - a large mass of ice
lakefront - land bordering a lake
massif - a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
monocline - a geological formation in which all strata are inclined in the same direction
mouth - the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water; "New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"
natural depression, depression - a sunken or depressed geological formation
natural elevation, elevation - a raised or elevated geological formation
oceanfront - land bordering an ocean
chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range of mountains, range, chain - a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
relict - geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
ridgeline, ridge - a long narrow range of hills
ridge - a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
shore - the land along the edge of a body of water
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
natural spring, outpouring, fountain, spring, outflow - a natural flow of ground water
scree, talus - a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
mineral vein, vein - a layer of ore between layers of rock
crater, volcanic crater - a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano
wall - a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
groundwater level, water table, water level - underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water; "spring rains had raised the water table"
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The geological formation of that portion of the American Union, which lies between the Alleghanies and the Rocky Mountains, has given rise to many ingenious theories.
I must study the geological formation of that hill," he continued, with interest.
This was taken in ill part by a great many people, who persisted in believing that Flintwinch was lying somewhere among the London geological formation.
These islands, situated in the same latitude with Tierra del Fuego and only between two and three hundred miles distant from it, having a nearly similar climate, with a geological formation almost identical, with favourable situations and the same kind of peaty soil, yet can boast of few plants deserving even the title of bushes; whilst in Tierra del Fuego it is impossible to find an acre of land not covered by the densest forest.
On his own small estate the growling old vagabond threw up his own mountain range, like an old volcano, and its geological formation was Dust.
The book begins by describing the geological formation of the region, then looks at how humans have interacted with and changed the landscape and ecosystem of the region, from nomadic pastoralism through forest exploitation, dams and other large-scale infrastructure, and species extinctions.
Guide a 60-inch bit to a depth of 550 feet through a challenging geological formation that included two aquifers--all in just over four weeks.
A compact but detailed chronicle, "Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People" covers state history from Michigan's geological formation and earliest settlement by Native Americans to important political, social, and economic developments of the 21st century.
Critique: The Adirondack Mountains are an unusual geological formation located in the northeastern lobe of Upstate New York in the United States.
It involves burning coal to produce heat to generate energy and then storing the smoke and then using a method called 'carbon capture and storage' (CCS), which captures carbon dioxide storing it underground in natural geological formation or in man-made space, for example where oil has been extracted.
For instance, in Pennsylvania there are more than 100 surface water monitoring stations for 86,000 miles of rivers and streams and almost 4,000 lakes, reservoirs and ponds - yet 80% of Pennsylvania's land mass is included in the Marcellus Shale geological formation.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute paleontologist Bruce MacFadden says in a statement the discovery will help to better understand the biodiversity and geological formation of the Central American isthmus during the Tertiary Period.

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