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Since their initial publication by Wilgus et al. (1988), the concepts of sequence stratigraphy have become widely accepted and applied by the geological community to a broad range of data bases, including conventional and high-resolution seismic data, wireline logs, outcrops, cores, and paleontologic and geochemical data. Much has been written recently about sequence stratigraphy, and numerous papers in the recent literature have applied these concepts or a variation of them (e.g., Einsele et al., 1991; MacDonald, 1991; Posamentier et al., 1993; Dalrymple et al., 1994; Johnson, 1994; Weimer and Posamentier, 1994; Saito et al., 1995; Van Wagoner and Bertram, 1995). The sequence stratigraphic approach has been applied to rocks ranging in age from Proterozoic (Christie-Blick et al., 1988) to modern (Posamentier et al., 1992a). Recent reviews of sequence stratigraphic concepts have been published by Christie-Blick and Driscoll (1995), Emery and Myers (1996), and Miall (1995). In particular, Emery and Myers (1996) provide a comprehensive review of sequence stratigraphic concepts and their application in various depositional environments, with a strong emphasis on the latter. In this text we will focus more on the fundamentals of sequence stratigraphy in order to provide a clear understanding of the basic building blocks of this type of analysis. We have taken this approach so that readers can then develop sequence stratigraphic models specifically adapted to their geological conditions rather than memorize and apply static "models" or templates. We believe that this approach will result in a better and more efficient application of sequence stratigraphy.

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