Definition of greensand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡriːnsand/


[mass noun] Geology
1A greenish kind of sandstone, often loosely consolidated.
Example sentences
  • 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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