Bibliography of Stratigraphic Classification, Terminology and Procedure
Published:January 01, 2013
As in the case of the first edition of the International Stratigraphic Guide, a comprehensive Bibliography of publications on stratigraphic classification, terminology, and procedure is considered an essential part of this second edition of the Guide. It serves to show the background of ideas from which the Guide has grown, the evolution of thinking on stratigraphic classification and terminology, and the current status of views on these subjects in various parts of the world.
The revision and updating of the Bibliography for this second edition of the International Stratigraphic Guide was a difficult task. Early in the process, it became evident that the addition of publications on stratigraphic classification, terminology, and procedure issued since the appearance of the Guide in 1976 would make the bibliography much too long. To keep it to a reasonable length and to a reasonably sharp focus, it was necessary to shorten it considerably. For this reason, the following Bibliography includes only those publications primarily devoted to principles, concepts, and procedures of stratigraphic classification and nomenclature, but not those discussing the application of these principles, concepts, and procedures to specific areas, specific stratigraphic intervals, or particular local problems of stratigraphic classification or nomenclature, unless judged to be particularly instructive.
While it would be ostensibly impossible, and unrealistic, to include in the Bibliography all publications dealing with the selection and establishment of stratigraphic boundaries and subdivisions of even just the principal units of the Standard Global Chronostratigraphic (Geochronologic) Scale, an exception was made with the publications dealing with the Silurian-Devonian boundary. The selection of the stratotype for this boundary was the first actual application in a specific case of the principles developed for the selection of boundary-strato-types of internationally recognized chronostratigraphic units. The standards of procedure followed since then in the program of the International Commission on Stratigraphy to select stratotypes (GSSPs) for the boundaries of the major units of the Standard Scale were developed and refined during the selection of the stratotype of the Silurian-Devonian boundary
Also included in the Bibliography are a number of publications dealing with the subdivision of the Precambrian, still a difficult and controversial subject, and publications that contain the original definition of terms listed in the Glossary of Stratigraphic Terms or to which reference is made in the Glossary.
Finally, a few outstanding and classic historical contributions to the development of concepts of stratigraphic classification, terminology, and procedure have been included in the Bibliography.
Not included are publications dealing with organizational matters; records or minutes of meetings of stratigraphic committees or groups that do not contain information on stratigraphic principles, concepts, or procedures; uninformative short notes and abstracts; and publications not readily available to the general public, such as university theses and locally reproduced papers distributed at meetings or mailed to a limited number of people.
National or multinational codes and guides have been listed separately in the chronologic order of their publication.
The editor wishes to express his indebtedness to all ISSC members and others who assisted in the revision and updating of the Bibliography, particularly to Alexander Zhamoida and Zhang Shou-xin, who provided invaluable help in the selection and the proper referencing, and transliterating of publications in Russian and Chinese, respectively.