Definition of clastic in English:

clastic

Line breaks: clas|tic
Pronunciation: /ˈklastɪk
 
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adjective

Geology
  • Denoting rocks composed of broken pieces of older rocks: a group of clastic sediments such as conglomerates
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    • Mechanical deposition, by water or wind, produces clastic rocks composed of broken fragments, generally of silicate minerals and small pieces of rock: sandstones and conglomerates.
    • The Allouez Conglomerate is composed mainly of red-colored clastic rocks with lesser amounts of sandstone and siltstone.
    • In contrast, the Cambrian clastic rocks are characterized by a paucity of these zircons, suggesting a significant difference between Neoproterozoic and Cambrian drainage systems.

Origin

late 19th century: from French clastique, from Greek klastos 'broken in pieces'.

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