Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Sediment

1. in geology, particulate matter transported by wind, water or ice, and deposited as a dune, loess, or other formation.

2. insoluble material, including both inorganic and organic matter, that settles to the bottom of a body of water.

3. any precipitate that settles to the bottom of a liquid; hypostasis.

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