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1Relating to or denoting the later division of the Tertiary period, comprising the Miocene and Pliocene epochs.
- ‘They reveal late Cretaceous and Neogene geothermal gradients that were comparable with that at the present day, i.e. no significant increase in basal heat flow.’
- ‘The hole penetrated 366 m of Lower Pleistocene and Neogene hemipelagic deposits, and terminated in the uppermost Miocene.’
- ‘The Pliocene is today defined as the later epoch of the Neogene period, between 1.8 and 5.3 Ma.’
- ‘In contrast, the west side of the basin is marked by a relatively linear contact between uplifted Neogene sedimentary rocks and Quaternary alluvium.’
- ‘The preserved Miocene sediments have allowed us to separate the effects of Palaeogene and Neogene uplift.’
- 1.1as noun the Neogene The Neogene sub-period or the system of rocks deposited during it.
Late 19th century: from neo- ‘new’ + Greek -genēs ‘born, of a specified kind’ (see -gen).
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