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6: Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

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  • Sedimentary rocks are formed by the deposition and subsequent cementation of that material at the Earth's surface and within bodies of water. Sedimentation is the collective name for processes that cause mineral and/or organic particles (detritus) to settle in place.

    Thumbnail: Sandstone, The Wave, Arizona. (CC-BY-2.5; Lobineau).

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