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depositional environment

1. n. [Geology]

The area in which and physical conditions under which sediments are deposited, including sediment source; depositional processes such as deposition by wind, water, or ice; and location and climate, such as desert, swamp, or river.

See: bathyalchanneldeltadepositional energydepositional systemeolianestuaryfaciesfluvialglaciallacustrinelithofacieslittoralmarinemarshneriticpaleontologypaludalparasequencepoint barreefsabkhasedimentarysequence stratigraphyterrestrialvitrinite

Schematic diagram of depositional environments
Schematic diagram of depositional environments.