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Formation of Sedimentary Rock & Fossil Fuels

TermDefinition
Cementation Process of binding and hardening of sediments into hard rock
Compaction Process by which overlying pressure from rocks and soil reduces the size or volume of sediments
Decomposition The process by which dead plants and animals decay or rot
Deposition Process by which weathered and eroded material is deposited by wind, water, and ice
Erosion The movement of weathered material by wind, water, or ice (e.g. glaciers)
Evidence Facts or other information supporting a claim or proposition
Fossil fuels Fuels formed over millions of years from the remains of ancient plants and animals; examples include coal, petroleum (oil) and natural gas
Landform A physical structure on Earth that occurs naturally
Model A picture, idea, or object that represents an object, a system, or process and is used to help with understanding; models have advantages and limitations
Organism A living thing that grows, reproduces, responds to its environment, and can function on its own
Process of formation The method by which a substance or object is formed
Sedimentary Rock that forms when sediments are compacted and cemented together
Weathering Process by which exposed rock is broken down by rain, frost, wind, or other elements of weather
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