Palynologic zones were used to subdivide the Late Cretaceous to late Eocene beds in the Bass basin, Tasmania, Australia and the Late Miocene to Pliocene beds in the S.484/S.498 area, North Soldado, Trinidad. These zones are related to discrete genetic sedimentary cycles bounded by unconformities which are marked by abrupt changes in the environment of deposition. In both areas, the environments range from shallow marine to continental.

Owing to wide sample spacing (up to several hundred feet in some wells), it was impossible to locate precisely each biostratigraphic boundary, based on palynological data alone. The composite use of sedimentology, wire-line log characteristics, dipmeter interpretation, and reservoir fluid properties was integrated with the palynologic data, providing a practical technique that was used to delineate the sequence boundaries in wells where spore-pollen data was inadequate.

This method enabled the development of accurate zonation and a detailed correlation between wells within both the Bass basin and the S.484/S.498 area.

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