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marker bed

1. n. [Geophysics]

A widespread distinctive rock unit that can be correlated readily over a large area. The most useful marker beds tend to form rapidly, such as during volcanic or geologically instantaneous depositional events, and have unusual seismic, magnetic, electrical or other physical properties that aid geological or geophysical interpretation. Coal beds and volcanic ash falls are examples of marker beds.

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