Sedimentary Rock Types: Relative Proportions as a Function of Geological Time

Science  07 Feb 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3867, pp. 570-571
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3867.570


Proportions of sedimentary rock types remaining today differ from period to period. These differences may be chiefly the result of differential rates of deposition and erosion of the various components of the rocks. Lower percentages of limestones and evaporites in Precambrian rocks than in post-Precambrian rocks probably represent selective loss of these more easily removable components from the original deposits.