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A question says: You are standing by a cliff far away from the ocean. You see a sedimentary layer with shells in it. You are told the shells are from oceanic organisms. How do you think this layer formed?
My thinking: I think this layer formed in a body of water, when sediment was piling on top of one another, and as it was piling, shells must have came in between.

Please tell me what you think, and do you think my answer is correct or incorrect. If i am incorrect, please give me an explanation of the correct answer.
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Your thinking does not seem to be incorrect.
But what do you make of the comment in the question about the cliff being far away from the ocean?
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The cliff doesn't matter. that's not important. That information we can definently illiminate
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I wouldn't expect that the distance of the cliff from the ocean can be eliminated. I think that the distance is a fundamental reason that the question was asked.

The question seems to be about how an oceanic layer could be found far from an ocean.

Tom
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naseeam,
Can you sell me your copy of Diab 4.2b??
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