What does unconformity mean?

Definitions for unconformityˌʌn kənˈfɔr mɪ ti

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  1. unconformity(Noun)

    a lack of conformity

  2. unconformity(Noun)

    a gap in time in rock strata, where erosion occurs while deposition slows or stops

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unconformity(noun)

    want of conformity; incongruity; inconsistency

  2. Unconformity(noun)

    want of parallelism between strata in contact


  1. Unconformity

    An unconformity is a buried erosional or non-depositional surface separating two rock masses or strata of different ages, indicating that sediment deposition was not continuous. In general, the older layer was exposed to erosion for an interval of time before deposition of the younger, but the term is used to describe any break in the sedimentary geologic record. The significance of angular unconformity was shown by James Hutton, who found examples of Hutton's Unconformity at Jedburgh in 1787 and at Siccar Point in 1788. The rocks above an unconformity are younger than the rocks beneath. An unconformity represents time during which no sediments were preserved in a region. The local record for that time interval is missing and geologists must use other clues to discover that part of the geologic history of that area. The interval of geologic time not represented is called a hiatus.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unconformity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unconformity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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