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Hierarchy of Controls on Cyclic Rhythmite Deposition: Carboniferous Basins of Eastern and Mid-Continental U.S.A.

A. W. Archer
A. W. Archer
Department of Geology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, USA
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January 01, 1998


Cyclic rhythmites (tidal rhythmites) provide fine-scale resolution of deposition within specific types of tidal systems. Rhythmites of this kind have been reported from many sites throughout geologic time; nonetheless, they are particularly widespread and common within the Carboniferous basins of the eastern and mid-continental United States. These rhythmites have great potential for providing information regarding the local, regional, and global controls on their deposition. Widespread occurrence of cyclic rhythmites within these basins outlines a hierarchy of parameters that controlled deposition. These controls include: (1) local and regional depositional setting, (2) elevated paleotidal ranges, (3) sequence stratigraphic and basinal conditions, (4) a unique paleoceanographic configuration, and (5) specific conditions of astrophysical alignments.

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Tidalites: Processes & Products

Clark R. Alexander
Clark R. Alexander
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Savannah GA
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Richard A. Davis
Richard A. Davis
University of South Florida Tampa FL
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Vernon J. Henry
Vernon J. Henry
Henry Georgia Southern University Statesboro GA
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