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.
In a report by US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Pakistan is listed among the top 10 countries of the world with the largest shale oil reserves.
Shale oil can be obtained from oil shale by pyrolysis and can be used for extraction of gasoline and diesel or for further processing [1, 2, 4].
Accordingly, the Division has established a Shale gas and oil centre to facilitate interested companies in knocking the recently compassed 188 TCF gas and 58 BSTB oil technically recoverable resources in lower and middle Indus Basin.
Early Eocene Chamalang (Ghazij) group represents Shaheed Ghat (shale), Toi (sandstone, shale, rubbly limestone and coal), Kingri (red shale/mud, grey and white sandstone) and Baska (gypsum beds and shale) formations, and Middle Eocene Kahan group represents Habib Rahi (limestone, marl and shale), Domanda (shale), Pir Koh (limestone, marl and shale) and Drazinda (shale) formations,
Oil shale also known as kerogen shale, is an organic rich fine-grained' grained sedimentary rock containing a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds from which liquid hydrocarbons called shale oil, crude oil occurring naturally in shale can be produced.
A shale gas study initiated in January 2014, supported by USAID, proved that Pakistan had 10,159 TCF of shale gas and 2,323bn barrels of shale oil reserves.
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.
The study covers principally issues on the shale oil and gas extraction process from underground sedimentary rocks, elaborating on water resources and chemicals used in the process.
Iran claims to have vast shale oil and gas reserves in the west and the south.
Global shale oil reserves are expected to be greater than five trillion barrels according to the International Energy Agency.