lithification

noun
lith·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌli-thə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce lithification (audio) \

Definition of lithification

: the conversion of unconsolidated sediments into solid rock Joints are separations or fractures within rock formations along which no movement has occurred and may develop during the original lithification of the rock unit or as a result of subsequent earth processes.— Don R. Murphy

First Known Use of lithification

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithification. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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