After a contentious and often turbulent start, sequence stratigraphy is now widely accepted as an additional tool in the kit of sedimentary geologists striving to interpret the record of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Elements of what we now understand as sequence stratigraphy had been rumbling along in the background for some time before the explosion that started to appear in the scientific literature in the late 1970s. It is easy, with the benefit of hindsight, to find key elements of the concepts in papers published during the 1950s and 1960s but we had to wait until the 1970s for these...

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