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red beds

plural noun
sequences of red sedimentary rocks, usually sandstones or shales, coloured by the oxidization of the iron in them
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  • The red beds are in the lower part of the John Day Formation.

  • All which clearly shows that the red beds have been built out of the ruins of the older strata of the district.

  • And this shows that the Cheviots had already been deeply excavated by streams before any portion of the red beds was deposited.

  • The section shows that the red beds lie upon a worn and denuded surface.

  • Only a few months previously he had discovered fossil bones in the red beds of New Mexico, the since famous Permian deposits.


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