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Sequence stratigraphy of the T factory

January 01, 2005


Depositional systems resemble newspapers that all report on the events of the day but each with a different editorial bias. It behooves the reader to learn about the editorial bias of his paper. Similarly, the geologist ought to know about the bias of depositional systems in recording sea level and other environmental factors.

The three carbonate factories each have their own bias in recording sequence-stratigraphic events and all three differ to varying degrees from the siliciclastic standard model. This is not to say, however, that sequence stratigraphy does not apply to these systems. On the contrary, comparative sedimentology of depositional systems clearly shows that the basic features of the standard model are shared by all depositional systems, showing once again the power of sequence stratigraphy as a unifying concept.

In this chapter, we base our discussion of carbonate sequence stratigraphy primarily on the deposits of the T factory. They are volumetrically dominant in the geologic record and their sequence stratigraphy is best known. The sequence stratigraphy of the C and M factories is developed in chapter 8 by comparison with the T factory and the standard model.

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SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology

Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

Wolfgang Schlager
Wolfgang Schlager
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January 01, 2005




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