Byers, Charles W. Formerly, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
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In the stratigraphic sequence of the Earth's crust, a surface of erosion that cuts the underlying rocks and is overlain by sedimentary strata. The unconformity represents an interval of geologic time, called the hiatus, during which no deposition occurred and erosion removed preexisting rock. The result is a gap, in some cases encompassing millions of years, in the stratigraphic record.
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