a. A partly marine, partly continental sedimentary facies consisting of a thick sequence of fossiliferous conglomerates, sandstones, shales, and marls, characterized by primary sedimentary structures and sometimes by coal and carbonate deposits. It is more clastic and less rhythmic than the preceding flysch facies. AGI
b. An extensive sedimentary formation representing the totality of the molasse facies resulting from the wearing down of elevated mountain ranges during and immediately after the main paroxysmal (diastrophic) phase of an orogeny, and deposited considerably in front of the preceding flysch. Adj: molassic. CF: flysch
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms












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