Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Seismite

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2185

A seismite is a rock formed by the deformation of in situ or parautochthonous soft sediments caused by earthquakes. Seismites can be divided into soft sediments with liquefaction-induced deformation, soft sediments with plastic deformation and hard layers with brittle deformation, such as faults and ground fissures. Deformed sedimentary material is located inside and between the strata and is distinct from the normal sequence of sedimentary rocks. Seismites often form unique deformed shapes in normal sedimentary rocks and make up ornamental and attractive rock landscapes. The Laiyuan National Geopark in Hebei Province has a range of typical seismites.

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