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cap rock

noun, Geology
1.
a mass of anhydrite, gypsum, or limestone immediately above the salt of a salt dome.
2.
an impervious stratum overlying an oil- or gas-bearing structure.
Also, caprock.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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Examples from the web for cap rock
  • Dolomite is what has created this waterfall and it is also the cap rock for our more famous and durable hoodoos.
  • cap rock has all the characteristics of a petroleum reservoir and often contains hydrocarbons.
  • At the base of the cap rock an inflection point occurs in the temperature profile.
British Dictionary definitions for cap rock

cap rock

noun
1.
a layer of rock that overlies a salt dome and consists of limestone, gypsum, etc
2.
a layer of relatively impervious rock overlying an oil- or gas-bearing rock
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