caprock

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Etymology[edit]

cap +‎ rock

Noun[edit]

caprock (countable and uncountable, plural caprocks)

  1. (geology) A harder or more resistant rock type overlying a weaker or less resistant rock type.
    • 2009 September 3, James Glanz, “Energy Company Calls Halt to Drilling Project”, New York Times:
      Last month, federal scientists said that the company had fallen far behind schedule because a huge rig hired to drill down about 12,000 feet, or more than two miles, on federal land had not been able to pierce surface formations called caprock.