Conglomerate
A Sedimentary Rock

Conglomerate is made up of rounded pebbles cemented together. The pebbles have been rounded by the action of moving water. This could be from a river or stream or from waves on a long ago beach.

Because they have been transported by water the pebbles may be from a wide variety of rock types. The size of these rock fragments is over 2 mm in diameter.They are often sorted by size.

After the pebbles have been deposited they are compacted by the sediments that pile up on top of them. Over very long periods of time the pebbles become cemented together by minerals. Silica, calcite, and iron oxides are the most common cementing minerals.

The rounded rock particles in the conglomerate are easily visible to the naked eye.

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