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This paper organizes the member lithic unit nomenclature for the San Joaquin basin of California according to “Sequence Stratigraphy” terminology and philosophy of Vail et al (1977)(See Figure 1).

Member units are organized by sequences (See Figure 2) that contain a low-stand system and often, a transgressive/high-stand system. The systems respond to relative eustatic sea level changes. Vail et al (1977) deal with unconformities in the sense that they reflect only erosional events and emphasize the unconformity created during relative sea level drops. This paper pays equal attention to both a transgressive sea level change and a relative sea...

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