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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Siliciclastic Sequence Stratigraphy-Concepts and Applications - Sequence stratigraphy has experienced a virtual explosion of applications in recent years. During that time, the concepts upon which sequence stratigraphy is based have been evolving to conform to new observations as well as new types of data. This volume summarizes the current status of this discipline as it applies to siliciclastic deposits. The emphasis in this volume is on sequence stratigraphy as an ?approach? to geological analysis, rather than as a model to which all data sets must conform. The expression of sequence architecture and the nature of bounding surfaces is illustrated through examples and applications drawn from a range of data types, including outcrop, core, wireline log, and 3-D seismic data. In addition, sequence expression also is illustrated using examples of modern landforms.