- a branch of geology dealing with the classification, nomenclature, correlation, and interpretation of stratified rocks.
Origin of stratigraphy
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- the study of the composition, relative positions, etc, of rock strata in order to determine their geological historyAbbreviation: stratig
- archaeol a vertical section through the earth showing the relative positions of the human artefacts and therefore the chronology of successive levels of occupation
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- The scientific study of rock strata, especially the distribution, deposition, correlation, and age of sedimentary rocks.
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