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Superposition

noun
1.
(geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another.
2.
(geology) the principle that in a series of stratified sedimentary rocks the lowest stratum is the oldest.  Synonyms: principle of superposition, superposition principle.
3.
(geometry) the placement of one object ideally in the position of another one in order to show that the two coincide.
4.
The placement of one thing on top of another.



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"Superposition" Quotes from Famous Books



... and metamorphic Rocks considered chronologically. Terms Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary; Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cainozoic explained. On the different Ages of the aqueous Rocks. Three principal Tests of relative Age: Superposition, Mineral Character, and Fossils. Change of Mineral Character and Fossils in the same continuous Formation. Proofs that distinct Species of Animals and Plants have lived at successive Periods. Distinct Provinces of indigenous Species. Great Extent of ...
— The Student's Elements of Geology • Sir Charles Lyell



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