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Rhythmite vs. Varve

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Rhythmitenoun

(geology) Any of a rhythmic series of sedimentary beds; a varve

Varvenoun

(geology) An annual layer of sediment or sedimentary rock.

Rhythmite

A rhythmite consists of layers of sediment or sedimentary rock which are laid down with an obvious periodicity and regularity. They may be created by annual processes such as seasonally varying deposits reflecting variations in the runoff cycle, by shorter term processes such as tides, or by longer term processes such as periodic floods.

Varve

A varve is an annual layer of sediment or sedimentary rock. The word 'varve' derives from the Swedish word varv whose meanings and connotations include 'revolution', 'in layers', and 'circle'.

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