Encyclopedia of Geochemistry

2018 Edition
| Editors: William M. White


  • Isabel P. MontañezEmail author
  • Laura J. Crossey
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39312-4_35


Diagenesis classified by setting and evolutionary stage ofsedimentary basins: Eogenetic or eodiagenesis (near surface and shallow burial), mesogenetic or mesodiagenesis (deeper burial), and telogenetic or telodiagenesis (uplifted succession) (Choquette and Pray 1970).

Diagenesis classified by process: Syndiagenesis (biogeochemical processes at the sediment-water interface through shallow burial), anadiagenesis (dominantly physicochemical processes under deeper burial or orogenic conditions), and epidiagenesis (biogeochemical processes associated with fluid flow during uplift) (Fairbridge 1967).

Catagenesis (late, deep-burial diagenesis, referred by some as “burial metamorphism” as it incorporates the earliest stage of metamorphism).


Diagenesis is the sum total of physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in sediments and sedimentary rocks from immediately after deposition through to the metamorphic realm. No universal definition exists for diagenesis...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA