strat·​i·​graph·​ic ˌstra-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce stratigraphic (audio)
variants or less commonly stratigraphical
: of, relating to, or determined by stratigraphy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The new fossils collected during the project described today, however, arrive on the academic stage with oodles of data points about their geographic and stratigraphic locations. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 28 Mar. 2018 This debris flow explains the mix of terrestrial and marine life jumbled within the same stratigraphic level of sediment—none of which would normally be found together. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2023 Before digging at Tell al Hiba, the Penn and Pisa archaeologists used drone photography, thermal imaging, magnetometry and micro-stratigraphic sampling to see what was under the surface. Dave Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Feb. 2023 Beribboned stripes in golden-yellow, purple, lavender, maroon, fuchsia and turquoise fold over its spine: stratigraphic layers influenced by myriad mineralogy. Laura Manske, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 The stratigraphic analysis suggests that Denisovans were present in the cave beginning at least 287,000 years ago and continuing until about 55,000 years ago. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2019 The team is hoping to extend their data set beyond 1960 using a combination of historical records and stratigraphic observations. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2016 Since 2012, Maidment has collected more than 20 of these stratigraphic logs across the Morrison and has worked to correlate them with 245 additional ones that others have collected over the years. Laura Poppick, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2019 In the same stratigraphic layer that produced the horse, there’s an abundant fish mass mortality event. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stratigraphic was in 1830

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“Stratigraphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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