[lith-oh-struh-tig-ruh-fee] /ˌlɪθ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi/

the study or character of stratified rocks based solely on their physical and petrographic features.
The scientific study and categorization of rock strata based on their lithology (color, texture, and composition). Compare biostratigraphy.


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