A varve is an annual layer of sediment or sedimentary rock. The word 'varve' is derived from the Swedish word varv whose meanings and connotations include 'revolution', 'in layers', and 'circle'. The term first appeared as Hvarfig lera varved clay on the first map produced by the Geological Survey of Sweden in Initially, varve was used to describe the separate components of annual layers in glacial lake sediments , but at the Geological Congress, the Swedish geologist Gerard De Geer proposed a new formal definition where varve described the whole of any annual sedimentary layer.
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A layer or series of layers of sediment deposited in a body of still water in one year. All rights reserved. Geological Science a typically thin band of sediment deposited annually in glacial lakes, consisting of a light layer and a dark layer deposited at different seasons. Geological Science either of the layers of sediment making up this band. Copyright , , by Random House, Inc.
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