a. A rock formation that, because of massiveness or inherent strength, is able to lift not only its own weight but also that of the overlying rock. AGI
b. A bed that has a physical characteristic such that it responds to tectonic forces by folding and faulting, rather than by crushing and flowing. A competent bed is relatively strong, an incompetent bed, relatively weak. See also: incompetent bed
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