Thursday, March 20, 2008

Geological Definition of the Day (#4)

Sorry folks, I did not have time to do this over my lunch break today. Here is a fun one to go with my post from last night:

diluvium (di-lu'-vi-um) 1. An archaic term once applied to widespread surficial deposits that were believed to be produced by extraordinary floods of vast extent, esp. the Noachian Flood; these deposits are now known to be mostly glacial drift. 2. A general term used in continental Europe for Pleistocene glacial deposits, as distinguished from younger alluvium. (page 141)

"Along the western base the range diluvium is accumulated in large quantities but in general this formation is not as abundant to the west as to the east of Connecticut river." [link]

From Bates, R.L. and J.A. Jackson. 1984. Dictionary of Geologic Terms. American Geological Institute.

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