Definition of greensand in English:


Line breaks: green|sand
Pronunciation: /ˈgriːnsand


[mass noun] Geology
  • 1A greenish kind of sandstone, often loosely consolidated.
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    • The sample was taken from a thin limestone lens with phosphatic oolites within the phosphatic greensand.
    • Use additions of mineral-rich materials such as rock phosphate or greensand to tailor the nutrients in your compost to match the needs of your soil and plants.
    • They lie on a fault line created by a seam of greensand, which runs for 200 miles from Lyme Regis to the Wash, taking in the edge of the Bowood Estate.
  • 1.1 (usually the Greensand) A stratum largely composed of greensand, deposited during the Cretaceous period and often underlying chalk: the Upper Greensand
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    • Overlying the Jurassic succession, a thin sequence of basal Cretaceous strata including the Greensand is characterized by radial outward dips.

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