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A tephra where at least 75% of the fragments are ash grade (less than 2mm.)

Fine pyroclastic material (under 2.0-mm diameter; under 0.063-mm diameter for fine ash). The term usually refers to the unconsolidated material but sometimes is also used for its consolidated counterpart, tuff.

Synonym of: volcanic ash, volcanic dust, pumicite


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Klaus K.E. Neuendorf, James P. Mehl, Jr., and Julia A. Jackson (Editors), 2017. Glossary of Geology. Fifth REVISED edition. American Geological Institute (abbreviated as AGI).

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