In oceanography, terrigenous sediments are those derived from the erosion of rocks on land; that is, they are derived from terrestrial environments. Consisting of sand, mud, and silt carried to sea by rivers, their composition is usually related to their source rocks; deposition of these sediments is largely limited to the continental shelf.
Sources of terrigenous sediments include volcanoes, weathering of rocks, wind-blown dust, grinding by glaciers, and sediment carried by icebergs.
- Pinet, Paul R. (1996). Invitation to Oceanography. Saint Paul, MN: West Publishing Company. ISBN 0-314-06339-0.
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