Definition of wacke in English:

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wacke

Pronunciation: /ˈwakə/

noun

[mass noun] Geology
A sandstone of which the mud matrix in which the grains are embedded amounts to between 15 and 75 per cent of the mass.
Example sentences
  • The rounded conglomerate pebbles consist of siltstone, mudstone, wacke, granophyric igneous rocks, and various intermediate to felsic volcanic rocks, set in a matrix rich in quartz and feldspar grains.
  • The Annascaul Formation is at least 500 m thick, and is dominated by mudrocks with subordinate quartz wacke sandstones, tuffaceous fine conglomerates and melange.
  • The upper 300 m of the Haengefjeldet Formation is made up of 3-10 m thick well-sorted, normally graded, matrix-supported sandstones and wackes.

Origin

Early 19th century: from German, from Middle High German wacke 'large stone', Old High German wacko 'pebble'.

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