[ dahy-uh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /
the physical and chemical changes occurring in sediments between the times of deposition and solidification.
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OTHER WORDS FROM diagenesisdi·a·ge·net·ic [dahy-uh-juh-net-ik], /ˌdaɪ ə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby diagenesis
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British Dictionary definitions for diagenesis
/ (ˌdaɪəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /
the sum of the physical, chemical, and biological changes that take place in sediments as they become consolidated into rocks, including compaction and cementation, but excluding weathering and metamorphic changes
chem recrystallization of a solid to form large crystal grains from smaller ones
Derived forms of diagenesisdiagenetic (ˌdaɪədʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for diagenesis
[ dī′ə-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs ]
The process by which sediment undergoes chemical and physical changes during its lithification (conversion to rock). Compaction, leaching, cementation, and recrystallization are all forms of diagenesis. Erosion and metamorphism are not. Oil, gas, and coal form through the diagenesis of organic sedimentary matter.
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