Numerous types of sandstone bodies encountered in the subsurface have two characteristics in common — they are elongate and lenticular in cross section. These characteristics apply to sandstones resulting from fringing-beach, offshore-bar, chenier, strike-valley, sand-wave, tidal-current, and channel deposition, as well as to some turbidites and some component parts of deltas. Of all these types of sandstone, the channel type is very unusual in that it commonly is deposited subaerially and thus can be observed and studied more readily on the surface. In recent years, many pertinent papers dealing with outcropping ancient channel sandstones have been published. The reader is referred particularly to the following authors for basic information: Fisk (1944), Wilson (1948), Lins (1950), Siever (1951), Pepper et al. (1954), Hopkins (1958), Friedman (1960), Schlee and Moench (1961), Andresen (1961, 1962), Potter (1962a), Potter and Pettijohn (1963), and Bernard and Major (1963).
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Though Memoir 21 was first published in 1974, the concepts and illustrations are timeless for those interested in stratigraphic exploration for sandstone reservoirs. Quickly the reader will note the same relationships in sequence stratigraphy recognized by the author. For university earth science majors and less experienced members of the energy industry, the CD is presented as a reference work. The concepts of depositional control on the distribution of sandstone reservoirs is critical to understand no matter the terminology used. With the kind permission of Dr. Daniel A. Busch, this memoir now can become part of your exploration library.