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Abstract

It is important to test if a sequence stratigraphic interpretation is realistic. This is particularly true if predictions of stratal geometries are then made on the basis of the interpretation, because clearly the predictive power depends largely on how realistic the interpretation is. Testing is also a basic element of a falsifiable model; a most basic aspect of the scientific method is that in order to be useful, all models and interpretation should be able to be tested and rejected if they fail that test. So how can we test the realism of otherwise of a sequence stratigraphic interpretation? One approach is to determine if rates of change in accommodation and supply controls implied by the interpretation are realistic.

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