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sorting

[ sawr-ting ]
/ ˈsɔr tɪŋ /
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noun Geology.

the process by which sedimentary particles become separated according to some particular characteristic, as size or shape.

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sorting
[ sôrtĭng ]

The process by which sediment particles that have a certain characteristic, such as a given shape or grain size, are separated from other associated particles by an active agent of transportation, such as wind, a stream, or a glacier.
A measure of the degree to which this process has occurred within a body of sediment. Wind-blown sediments are usually well-sorted because only a small range of grain sizes can be lifted by a particular wind velocity. Glacially derived sediments are usually poorly sorted because of the great range of particle sizes that are picked up by a moving glacier.
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