lithification


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lith·i·fi·ca·tion

 (lĭth′ə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
The process by which compacted sediment loses liquid and turns into stone.

lith′i·fied adj.

lithification

(ˌlɪθɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
(Geological Science) the consolidation of a loosely deposited sediment into a hard sedimentary rock

lith•i•fi•ca•tion

(ˌlɪθ ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
the process or processes by which unconsolidated materials are converted into coherent solid rock, as by compaction.
[1870–75; < Greek líthos stone]

lithification

- The process of compaction of sediment into stone.
See also related terms for sediment.

lithification

the process by which loose mineral fragments or particles of sand are solidifled into stone.
See also: Geology
the process by which loose mineral fragments or particles of sand are solidified into stone.
See also: Soil

lithification

A process that changes sediments into solid rocks, essentially compaction and the precipitation of a mineral cement.
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It is formed when layers of minerals, fine sediment along with skeleton fragments and shells of marine organisms go through lithification.
This facies probably originated in the upper slope environment where early lithification allowed intraclasts to be incorporated into flows.
Boring algae micrite envelopes and lithification of molluscan biosparites.
Thermal analysis of basalt containing ceramic masses showed that with increasing amounts of basalt an increase in mass loss, which, in our opinion, is connected with the content of aqueous minerals in basalt (hlorofeit), which is saturated with water lithification of residual melt.
Today, chemical scientists are mostly dealing with analysis of the structure and composition of the organic constituent and inorganic minerals present in oil shale, as well as the molecular structure of kerogen and lithification characteristics of inorganic minerals.
Also included well recrystallized and run down nerideids, turritelid shells, and fragments of a crustacean pincer, which clearly indicate lithification previous to reelaboration (Fig.
Quartz grains in sandstone beds of the third member--the Carbon Canyon Member--are set in carbonate, silica, hematite, or chlorite cement or clay matrix, which in itself would indicate a long, diverse history of deposition and lithification.
1980, Early submarine lithification in the Red Chalk and Lower Chalk of eastern England: a bacterial control model and its implications.
Hence, the barite roses postdate the deposition and lithification of the Garber Sandstone, though the ages of the geologic structures with which the barite roses are most closely associated are still unknown.
The existence of such a structure indicates that the calcareous mud was originally deposited in a calm, shallow, and deep area where rock lithification occurred gradually.