Gault clay

noun Geology a series of Cretaceous clays and marls forming strata in southern England.
C16: possibly related to Old Swed. galt, neut. of galder 'barren'.

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  • Gault Clay — The Gault Clay is a formation of stiff blue clay deposited in a calm, fairly deep water marine environment during the Lower Cretaceous Period (Upper and Middle Albian). It is well exposed in the coastal cliffs at Copt Point in Folkestone, Kent,… …   Wikipedia

  • Gault — Gault, n. [Cf. Norw. gald hard ground, Icel. gald hard snow.] (Geol.) A series of beds of clay and marl in the South of England, between the upper and lower greensand of the Cretaceous period. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gault — n. Geol. 1 a series of clay and marl beds between the upper and lower greensand in S. England. 2 clay obtained from these beds. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • gault — noun Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse gald hard packed snow Date: 1575 chiefly British a heavy thick clay soil …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gault — noun A type of stiff, blue clay, sometimes used for making bricks …   Wiktionary

  • gault —   n. heavy clay …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Argile du Gault — Affleurement de l’argile du Gault sur une plage à proximité des falaises crayeuses de Beachy Head, dans le Sussex de l Est. L’argile du Gault (dite parfois « argile albienne[1] ») es …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Channel Tunnel — Map of the Channel Tunnel Overview Location English Channel (Strait of Dover) Coordinates Folkestone …   Wikipedia

  • Greensand — is an olive green coloured sandstone rock which is commonly found in narrow bands, particularly associated with bands of chalk and clay worldwide; it has been deposited in marine environments at various times during Earth history, such as during… …   Wikipedia

  • Weald — The Weald (PronEng|wɪəld) is the name given to a physiographic area in south east England situated between the parallel chalk escarpments of the North and the South Downs. It should be regarded in two separate parts: the sandstone High Weald in… …   Wikipedia

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