cycle of sedimentation
cycle of sedimentation[′sī·kəl əv ‚sed·ə·mən′tā·shən]
Also known as sedimentary cycle.
A series of related processes and conditions appearing repeatedly in the same sequence in a sedimentary deposit.
The sediments deposited from the beginning of one cycle to the beginning of a second cycle of the spread of the sea over a land area, consisting of the original land sediments, followed by those deposited by shallow water, then deep water, and then the reverse process of the receding water.
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