Tar-pit meaning

An accumulation of natural tar or asphalt at the earth's surface, especially one that traps animals and preserves their bones and other hard parts.
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An accumulation of natural tar or asphalt at the Earth's surface, especially one that traps animals and preserves their hard parts. Tar pits form when petroleum in subterranean petroleum-bearing rocks oozes up to the surface. As it rises, the petroleum loses its volatile components, forming a thick tar or asphalt deposit.
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