The collection of "loose" solid matter covering the bedrock of any solid planet, moon, or other astronomical body (pehaps a large asteroid) massive enough to trap it in its gravitational field.

Composition of regolith varies widely between planets, and between different regions on the same planet. The regolith most familiar to us is ordinary soil; also included in this classification are larger rocks, volcanic ash and dust, organic matter such as peat, fragments from meteorite bombardments, and many others. Regolith distribution is also far from uniform, ranging from more than 100 meters thick to bare rock in different locations on Earth.

On a planet with a well-formed atmosphere (such as Earth), regolith is primarily the result of weathering and erosion. On an unprotected body such as Mars or the Moon, however, regolith forms by the collective effects of meteorite impacts over time, since no atmospheric friction exists to shield the planet/moon from incoming objects or to wear down the surface with winds.

To sum up, munged up rock.

Which is why there's a media company named after it, specializing mostly in giving young bands a start. It's basically a one-stop shop where you can get studio time, a duplication run, mastering, promotional materials, posters, flyers, band teeshirts, the whole deal all under one roof. You can even get artwork done and a video made. DVD singles anyone?

And since they're really desperate for money (due no doubt to being such hoopy froods) they even allow talentless noise-polluters to take advantage of their equipment. This is why they get through monitors at such a rate.

It's based in Bristol, most excellent city of cool. If you do visit, be sure to creep up behind Kate and whisper "Internal bleeding" in her ear; she'll probably cry.

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