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Lithology vs sedimentology: causes of mismatch of terms in Russian and English literature
Petroleum geology, geophysics

Authors: Vitaly G. KUZNETSOV graduated from Gubkin Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry in 1959, he is Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor of the Department of Lithology of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. He specializes in lithology and geology of oil and gas. He is author of over 470 scientific publications, including 25 monographs, textbooks and teaching aids. E-mail: vgkuz@yandex.ru

Abstract: The correlation of the concept of «lithology» in domestic geology and that of «sedimentology» in Western literature is considered. It is shown that in spite of the partial differences, these terms define the science of sedimentary rocks, with the single object of study, research methods, the same type of disciplines. Existing differences of different authors are not fundamental. The reasons for the occurrence of different terms are discussed.

Index UDK: 551.3.051

Keywords: sedimentary rocks, lithology, sedimentology, etimology of the terms

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