from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of chemical and physical change in deposited sediment during its conversion to rock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. All the chemical, physical, and biological changes sediment goes through during and after lithification, not including weathering or other surface changes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, the action of heated waters upon clastic sediments at the time of their deposition, assumed to explain the origin of crystalline schists: proposed by Gümbel (1888); employed by Walther to embrace those physical and chemical modifications which take place in a sediment from the time of its deposition to the time when it is modified by orogenic or volcanic forces, when it undergoes metamorphism.
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