Muschelkalk

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Muschelkalk (Geol) A kind of shell limestone, whose strata form the middle one of the three divisions of the Triassic formation in Germany. See Chart, under Geology.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muschelkalk One of the divisions of the Triassic system as developed in Germany, occupying a position between the Keuper and Bunter. See Triassic. In both Germany and France it is subdivided into three zones, the upper one of which is a true shelly limestone, as the name indicates, while the other two are also chiefly limestone, but much less fossiliferous than the first. The formation is important on account of the beds of salt and anhydrite which it contains.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muschelkalk mush′el-kalk the middle member of the Triassic system as developed in Germany, consisting chiefly of limestone—wanting in Britain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., from muschel, shell + kalk, limestone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. muschel, shell, kalk, lime.

Usage

In literature:

It seems to be formed in the Muschelkalk of the Trias formation, and so far no limestone stalactites have been discovered.
"Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland" by George Forrest Browne
A flying reptile: species of this genus have been found in the Oolite and Muschelkalk.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
In 1837 he took the degree of Ph.D. with a thesis on the Muschelkalk of Thuringia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
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