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  • n. A fine-grained rock of consolidated silt.

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  • n. A sedimentary rock whose composition is intermediate in grain size between the coarser sandstone and the finer mudstone.

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  • n. a fine-grained sandstone of consolidated silt


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  • Ancient mud deposits harden over geological time to form sedimentary rock such as siltstone or solid, mudrock lutites.

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  • Anyway, the ground was a very light grey, almost purple in places, a weathered clay or mudstone or siltstone of some sort.

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  • We climbed over the craggy outcrops of Cambro-Ordovician age Fort Burnside Formation and Jamestown Formation, crazily tilted beds of phyllite and slate and siltstone and stark white veins of calcite.

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  • “You're damn sexy is what you are,” says Jillie, straddling the narrow part of the creek as she hands me another piece of siltstone.


  • Here, rocks of the Cambro-Ordovician Conanicut Group, specifically interstratified beds of the Fort Burnside Formation and the older Jamestown Formation form great flat tables of phyllite and siltstone, metamorphosed to varying degrees.

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  • Mississippian to Ordovician-age limestone, chert, sandstone, siltstone and shale compose the landforms of open hills, irregular plains, and tablelands.

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  • More forest covered than most adjacent ecoregions, the North Central Appalachians ecoregion is part of a vast, elevated plateau composed of horizontally bedded sandstone, shale, siltstone, conglomerate, and coal.

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  • It is a semiarid rolling plain of shale, siltstone, and sandstone punctuated by occasional buttes and badlands.

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  • The mountainous Mid-Coastal Sedimentary ecoregion lies outside of the coastal fog zone and is typically underlain by massive beds of sandstone and siltstone in contrast to the volcanics of Ecoregion 1d.

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  • Ecoregion 84d is lithologically distinct from the reddish shale, sandstone, argillite, and siltstone of the neighboring Triassic Lowlands (64a).

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