Lithification - The conversion of newly deposited, unconsolidated sediment into a solid, coherent rock by such processes as compaction and cementation or crystallization of minerals, also lithification.
(lith'-i-fic-ca-tion) The process by which a newly deposited, unconsolidated sediment is changed into a coherent, solid rock through cementation, compaction, desiccation, and crystallization. Lithification may occur concurrent with, soon after, or long after deposition.
The process of turning loose sediment into a sedimentary rock. This is done by heat, pressure and time. This process can take from years to millions of years. Hardgrounds are formed in inter-tidal carbonates and can form in years. Usually this process is ... More
The conversion of loose sediment into solid sedimentary rock. Several processes, including compaction of grains, filling of spaces between grains with mineral cement, and crystallization act to solidify sediment.
The process in which sediments compact under pressure and start to form rock. Fluids are lost from the sediments as pressure tightens the space in between grains. Heat generated from the pressure contributes to the bonding of sediment. This process can take thousands of years.
Lithification (from the Greek word lithos meaning 'rock' and the Latin-derived suffix -ific) is the process whereby sediments compact under pressure, expel connate fluids, and gradually become solid rock. Essentially, lithification is a process of porosity destruction through compaction and cementation. Lithification includes all the processes which convert unconsolidated sediments into sedimentary rocks.