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Paraconglomerate

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A term proposed by Pettijohn (1957) for a conglomerate that is not a product of normal aqueous flow, but is deposited by such agents as subaqueous turbidity slides and glacier ice; it contains more matrix than gravel-sized fragments (pebbles may form less than 10% of the rock). Examples include tillites, pebbly mudstones, and relatively structureless clay or shale bodies in which pebbles or cobbles are randomly distributed.

Synonym of: conglomerate mudstone.

A conglomerate where the gravel-size clasts are separated from each other by an abundance of matrix.


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