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a rock of fissile or laminated structure formed by the consolidation of clay or argillaceous material.
a dark fine-grained laminated sedimentary rock formed by compression of successive layers of clay-rich sediment
A fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting of compacted and hardened clay, silt, or mud. Shale forms in many distinct layers and splits easily into thin sheets or slabs. It varies in color from black or gray to brown or red.

shale definition

A sedimentary rock formed from layers of clay.


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