Hierarchy of Controls on Cyclic Rhythmite Deposition: Carboniferous Basins of Eastern and Mid-Continental U.S.A.
A. W. Archer, 1998. "Hierarchy of Controls on Cyclic Rhythmite Deposition: Carboniferous Basins of Eastern and Mid-Continental U.S.A.", Tidalites: Processes & Products, Clark R. Alexander, Richard A. Davis, Vernon J. Henry
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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.