Applying depositional sequence stratigraphic concepts to the interpretation of siliciclastic depositional systems is becoming an increasingly important tool in petroleum geology. After a succession of break-throughs during the 1970s and 1980s, sequence stratigraphic concepts now have entered a phase of intense application and documentation, especially with regard to successful implementation in the field of petroleum geology. Workers have applied these concepts to a variety of data bases ranging from outcrop to cores to electric logs to multifold seismic data. Clearly, sequence stratigraphic concepts embody not a rigid model or template, but rather a way of looking at geology.
This volume has two purposes: to compile some recent applications of siliciclastic sequence stratigraphic concepts, and to present new studies focused on refining conceptual models. Similar volumes that have been published recently include Loucks and Sarg (1993) and Posamentier et al. (1993). In this introductory overview chapter, we review the significance of each of the chapters in the volume, and then discuss some of the more significant issues that have arisen in the geologic community involving the application of sequence stratigraphy in siliciclastic environments.