Lithification of Sediments: Definition & Processes

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Which of the following statements correctly describes lithification?

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1. Which of the following terms is used to describe the consolidation of sediments due to the intense pressing weight of overlying deposits?

2. When dissolved minerals crystallize and glue sediment grains together, what process is taking place?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the processes of lithification of sediments. Topics on the quiz include characteristics of lithification and compaction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Definition of lithification
  • Consolidation of sediments
  • Process in which dissolved minerals crystallize and glue together sediment grains
  • Type of rock in lithification

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the characteristics of cementation and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the features of recrystallization
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as lithification and compaction

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Lithification of Sediments: Definition & Processes. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand lithification
  • Identify the three ways lithification occurs
  • Explain how sediment can consolidate from overlying deposits
  • Describe when crystallization can hold sediments together
  • Appreciate the functions of recrystallization
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