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An olistostrome is a sedimentary deposit composed of a chaotic mass of heterogeneous material, such as blocks and mud, that accumulates as a semifluid body by submarine gravity sliding or slumping of the unconsolidated sediments. It is a mapable stratigraphic unit which lacks true bedding, but is intercalated amongst normal bedding sequences, as in the Tertiary basin of central Sicily.
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Olistostromes are mélanges formed by gravitational sliding under water and accumulation of flow as a semi fluid body with no bedding.
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