Concretion

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Rock City, near Minneapolis

Description

In geology, concretion is an anomalous mass of mineral matter found in sandstone, clay, or other sedimentary rock. Concretions are form by the deposition of silica, calcite, gypsum, or other chemical compound. They are often found in concentric layers surrounding an original nucleus.

Sandstone concretion

Synonyms and Related Terms

agglomerate; concrétion (Fr.);concrecion (Esp.); concreção (Port.); Konkretion (Deut.); concretie (Ned.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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