This collection of papers is the outgrowth of a symposium entitled “Diagenesis as it affects clastic reservoirs”; a symposium presented in Denver, Colorado, April 2-6, 1977, as part of the Rocky Mountain Section AAPG-SEPM, 26th Annual Meeting. The symposium was organized and chaired by Paul R. Schluger and was presented during a day and a half of meetings. The idea for a special symposium originated with the Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists and was particularly encouraged by its president (1975-1976), Thomas S. Ahlbrandt.
The Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists wishes to dedicate this volume to furthering the study and recognition of diagenesis in clastic rocks and to belatedly honor the 50th anniversary of SEPM.
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There are a number of gaping holes in accumulated knowledge within the discipline of sedimentology. Perhaps one of the largest holes has been the general subject of diagenesis in clastic rocks. It was therefore fortuitous that two symposia covering various aspects of diagenesis (mainly in clastics) were presented a year apart in different parts of the country but with the same motivation – to contribute to the closing of that knowledge gap. Sedimentologists now have a fairly good idea of the what and the how of sediment deposition. What happens after the sediments are lithified has frequently been ignored. It was the aim of both editors of this publication to approach the subject from two different viewpoints. Schluger directed a symposium which looked mainly at clastic reservoirs, and Scholle presented a symposium which examined various aspects of paleotemperature control of diagenesis.