Tidal Sedimentology: Historical Background and Current Contributions
Richard A. Davis, Jr., Clark R. Alexander, Vernon J. Henry, 1998. "Tidal Sedimentology: Historical Background and Current Contributions", Tidalites: Processes & Products, Clark R. Alexander, Richard A. Davis, Vernon J. Henry
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Sedimentation in tidal environments covers a broad spectrum of conditions, and produces a wide range of tidal signatures. These sediment sequences that have accumulated as the result of significant tidal influence are called tidalites. Over the past few decades, several models have been developed that are useful in interpreting tidal sequences in the ancient stratigraphic record. The models include tidal bedding, tidal bundles, and the relationships of cycles with various time scales to these tidal deposits. Although the efforts of sedimentologists studying both modern and ancient sequences have provided techniques for detailed analysis of tidalites, there is still much to be learned about tidal sedimentation and the resulting sediment deposits. This volume is a step toward that end. This introductory paper will provide the reader with a brief history of the organized effort in tidal sedimentology along with a synopsis of this volume.
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Tidalites: Processes and Products - Tidal processes are important agents of sediment transport and deposition in most marine coastal zones. Recent development of better tools for recognizing tidal deposits (e.g., tidal bundles and tidal rhythmites) has also revealed that such deposits are much more common and extensive than previously thought. This volume presents the latest ideas on tidal sedimentation, including exciting new work concerning the tidal flats of the Wadden Sea, the area where modern-day studies of tidal sedimentation began; the origin, interpretation, and uses of tidal rhythmites; and the sequencestratigraphic context of tidal sediments.