sand·​stone | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌstōn How to pronounce sandstone (audio) \

Definition of sandstone

: a sedimentary rock consisting of usually quartz sand united by some cement (such as silica or calcium carbonate)

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Because Pictured Rocks' cliffs are made of sandstone, Reece said they're easily eroded, and can be undercut by wind or rain. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Pictured Rocks cliff collapses right next to kayakers in Lake Superior," 14 Aug. 2019 Last week , on a popular surf beach north of San Diego, tons upon tons of sandstone crashed down on Anne Clave, her mother, Julie Davis, and aunt Elizabeth Charles. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A cliff collapse. Three deaths. More bluff failures expected with rising seas," 9 Aug. 2019 While diving, the researchers noticed large chunks of sandstone dotted with holes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Two Newly Described Worms Have Really Strange, Yet Marvelous Butts," 21 June 2019 Canyons opened in rusty sandstone, the rock worn wobbly like a great melted city. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 In the San Diego area, where beaches can be very narrow, signs warn hikers and tourists that sandstone bluffs can be unstable, said Ketterer. Los Angeles Times, "Deadly Encinitas cliff collapse is a warning sign for California coast," 5 Aug. 2019 Soaring 710 feet and anchored in Navajo sandstone, the dam was conceived in desert thirst, born into controversy, and swaddled in argument. John D'anna, azcentral, "For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing," 18 July 2019 Through the vast and narrow paths of red sandstone, the mountains parted to reveal a view of the sun glistening off the columns of the Treasury at Petra. Alex Brittenham, National Geographic, "Petra: Finding the “Lost” City," 8 Apr. 2019 At least 3 people killed after beach cliff collapses in California A popular surfing beach was closed after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing at least three people Saturday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sandstone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sandstone

: a type of soft stone that is made from grains of sand stuck together


sand·​stone | \ ˈsand-ˌstōn How to pronounce sandstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandstone

: rock made of sand held together by a natural cement (as of calcium carbonate)

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