- an irregular columnar structure in certain limestones, the columns being approximately at right angles to the bedding planes.
Origin of stylolite
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- any of the small striated columnar or irregular structures within the strata of some limestones
Word Origin for stylolite
C19: from Greek stulos pillar + -lite
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- A contact surface usually found between two calcareous rock layers, marked by a series of jagged interlocking up-and-down projections that resemble a suture or the tracing of a stylus. Stylolites are found in rocks that have been subjected to pressure and are formed by a process, called pressure dissolution, whereby insoluble material, such as clay and hydrocarbons, becomes concentrated along a surface while other more soluble material, such as calcite, is carried away.
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