Definitions

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  • n. Glacial till cemented into a solid rock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Consolidated till.

Etymologies

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From till +‎ -ite, after German Tillit.

Examples

  • The lower (Permian) unit consists of glacio-marine sequences including tillite, sandstone, siltstone, mudstone and limestone horizons.

    Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia

  • PS I mapped a few thousand sq miles of late Precambrian in the Richtersveld, just inside South Africa years ago, which was older than the Nama and included the Numees tillite in which I found a stromatolite in associated dolomite, and also a dropstone and varves.

    The Cambrian as an evolutionary exemplar - The Panda's Thumb

  • The time classed as late Permian and Triassic on the other hand was one of uplift, disturbance, volcanic action and extreme climates, which gave us the traps of Mt. Tom, the Palisades of the Hudson, the bold scenery of the Bay of Fundy and the gypsum and red beds which are generally supposed to be quite largely formed beneath the air and beds of tillite formed beneath glaciers.

    The Scientific Monthly, October-December 1915

  • I remember when I first heard of diamictite: It was during a controversy in the 1980s about peculiar rocks in South America (Carboniferous or Devonian, I forget) that everyone had been calling tillite.

    About.com Geology

  • I knew tillite, but didn't appreciate that tillite is a prejudicial name, one with a conclusion in its name-the product of glacial action.

    About.com Geology

  • In order to understand the power and unpredictably of our planet we need to ponder in awe that large and high mountains contain fossils from seabed origin, and many dry areas contain tillite, (ice driven rocks), in order to fully comprehend how climates, earth forms and life forms change and alter.

    Mail & Guardian Online

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