[lith-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌlɪθ ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

noun, Geology.
the process or processes by which unconsolidated materials are converted into coherent solid rock, as by compaction or cementation.
the consolidation of a loosely deposited sediment into a hard sedimentary rock

the process by which unconsolidated sediments are converted into solid stone or rock; also called induration

Compaction and cementation are two methods contributing to lithification.
Word Origin

Greek lithos ‘rock’


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