1. a. A collective term used to signify existence of beds or layers, in sedimentary rocks.
    b. Sometimes synonymous with bedding plane.
    Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982. Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
     
  2. a. A quarry term for a structure occurring in granite and other crystalline rocks that tend to split in well-defined planes more or less horizontal or parallel to the land surface. Syn: sheeting Wheeler, R.R.
    b. The storing and mixing of different ores in thin layers in order to blend them more uniformly in reclamation. AGI
    c. The layer of heavy and oversized material placed above the screen in jigging. Also called ragging. Pryor, 4
    d. Pieces of soft metal placed under or around a handset diamond as a cushion or filler. Also called backing; calking. Long
    e. Ground or supports in which pipe is laid. Nichols, 1
    f. The arrangement of a sedimentary rock in beds or layers of varying thickness and character; the general physical and structural character or pattern of the beds and their contacts within a rock mass, such as cross-bedding and graded bedding; a collective term denoting the existence of beds. Also, the structure so produced. The term may be applied to the layered arrangement and structure of an igneous or metamorphic rock. See also: stratification AGI
    g. The initial filling of a thickener for continuous operation.
    Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms











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