Continental sediments

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Continental sediments can provide an important basis for the interpretation of paleoclimate, including qualitative estimates of paleotemperature (hot vs. cold), annual precipitation (wet vs. dry), seasonality, and paleowind direction. However, care must be exercised in using the sedimentology or geochemistry of continental deposits to infer paleoclimate because of the wide range of influences that may control sediment composition and sedimentary architectures, the susceptibility of continental sediments to diagenetic overprinting, and the bias introduced through erosional deletion of significant portions of the sediment record.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
ISSN (Print)1388-4360
ISSN (Electronic)1871-756X


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