Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1049

Synonym: Depositional break

A hiatus is sometimes called a ‘break’ and is a small-scale, relatively short-duration interruption during sedimentation. A hiatus is different from a lacuna because it only represents a short duration of absence of deposition, and denudation rarely or never occurs before sedimentation resumes. Hiatuses are common in conformable rock strata and are generally not easy to identify; however, because discontinuities in organism types often indicate discontinuous sedimentation or a depositional break, biostratigraphic techniques are commonly employed. For example, missing fossil zones can be used to identify a break in deposition.

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