turbidite

noun
tur·​bi·​dite | \ ˈtər-bə-ˌdīt How to pronounce turbidite (audio) \

Definition of turbidite

: a sedimentary deposit consisting of material that has moved down the steep slope at the edge of a continental shelf also : a rock formed from this deposit

Examples of turbidite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nowadays, the bigger the storm, the bigger the grain size of the resultant turbidite. The Economist, 19 Oct. 2017 Thus, Dr Toomey argues, these particular turbidites must have been formed, as similar deposits are today, by hurricanes. The Economist, 19 Oct. 2017 Dr Toomey looked in the cores for layers of turbidite, a rock that forms when sediment gets disturbed, flows down marine slopes and is deposited as a jumbled mess on the ocean floor. The Economist, 19 Oct. 2017 Check out these strikingly rhythmic turbidite beds. Brian Romans, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of turbidite

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turbidite

turbidity current (a current flowing down a slope and spreading out on the ocean floor) + -ite entry 1

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“Turbidite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbidite. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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