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lithostatic pressure

1. n. [Geology]

The pressure of the weight of overburden, or overlying rock, on a formation; also called geostatic pressure.

Alternate Form: geostatic pressure

See: absolute pressureformation pressurenormal pressureoverburdenpressure gradientreservoir pressurevirgin pressure

Pressure versus depth plot
Pressure versus depth plot.