sedimentary rock

[ (sed-uh-men-tuh-ree) ]

Rock that has formed through the deposition and solidification of sediment, especially sediment transported by water (rivers, lakes, and oceans), ice (glaciers), and wind. Sedimentary rocks are often deposited in layers, and frequently contain fossils.


Nearby words

  1. sedgy,
  2. sedile,
  3. sedilia,
  4. sediment,
  5. sedimentary,
  6. sedimentation,
  7. sedimentation constant,
  8. sedimentation rate,
  9. sedimentation tank,
  10. sedimentation test

Note

Limestone and shale are common sedimentary rocks.

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