zo·​na·​tion | \ zō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce zonation (audio) \

Definition of zonation

1 : structure or arrangement in zones
2 : distribution of kinds of organisms in biogeographic zones

Examples of zonation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main means of defining the hazard from lava flow invasion, and fine-tuning the hazard zonation and the vulnerability of the Etnean area at very high resolution, is computer simulation of lava flows. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Etna Week (Part 3) – Etna's Volcanic Hazards," 20 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of zonation

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zonation

zone entry 1 + -ation

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The first known use of zonation was in 1898

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

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“Zonation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonation. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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