Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy by Octavian Catuneanu

By Octavian Catuneanu

Ideas of series Stratigraphy presents an in-depth insurance and neutral review of all present principles and types within the box of series stratigraphy. even if commonly renowned between all teams drawn to the research of sedimentary basin fills, either in academia and within the undefined, series stratigraphy is but a tricky project as a result of an overpowering jargon and the endurance of conflicting techniques as to how the series stratigraphic technique could be utilized to the rock list. This textbook examines the connection among such conflicting methods from the viewpoint of a unifying platform, demonstrating that enough universal flooring exists to get rid of terminology limitations and to facilitate conversation among all practitioners of series stratigraphy.

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Such cryptic sequence boundaries may occur within thick fluvial successions consisting of unvarying facies, and may well be associated with substantial breaks in sedimentation. In the absence of abrupt changes in facies and paleocurrent directions across these sequence boundaries, petrographic studies of cements and framework grains may provide the only solid criteria for the identification and mapping of sequence-bounding unconformities. The Late Cretaceous Lower Castlegate Sandstone of the Book Cliffs (Utah) provides an example where a nonmarine sequence boundary was mapped updip into a continuous braided-fluvial sandstone succession only by plotting the position of subtle changes in the detrital petrographic composition, interpreted to reflect corresponding changes in provenance in relation to tectonic events in the Sevier highlands (Miall, 1999).

A reality that is commonly overlooked is that coastlines may change their transgressive vs. regressive character along strike, as a function of the fluctuations in subsidence and sedimentation rates (Fig. 4). This means that the predictable architecture and age relationships of depositional systems and systems tracts presented in 2D cross-sections along dip may be altered in a 3D view, due to the high diachroneity that may potentially be imposed on systems tract boundaries by the strike variability in subsidence and sedimentation.

Trace fossils tend to be enhanced by diagenesis, as opposed to physical or chemical structures which are often obliterated by dissolution, staining or other diagenetic processes. 7. An individual trace fossil may be the product of one organism (easier to interpret), or the product of two or more different organisms (composite structures, more difficult to interpret). 8. An individual organism may generate different structures corresponding to different behavior in similar substrates, or to identical behavior in different substrates.

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