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Synthetic passive margin stratigraphy

D. L. Turcotte and P. M. Kenyon
Synthetic passive margin stratigraphy
AAPG Bulletin (June 1984) 68 (6): 768-775


Synethetic stratigraphic cross sections are derived mathematically for a variety of simple conditions. Variables considered in the mathematical model include variations in sea level, rate of tectonic subsidence, rate of sedimentation, and rate of erosion. Derived stratigraphic relationships include unconformities, correlative conformities and disconformities, coastal onlap, coastal toplap, erosional truncation, pinch-out, and sigmoidal progradational clinoforms. An important conclusion is that the rate of erosion is a dominant variable in determining the type of stratigraphic section observed. The proposed approach may provide the basis for either a forward or inverse modeling of seismic stratigraphic sections.Modified journal abstract.

ISSN: 0149-1423
EISSN: 1558-9153
Coden: AABUD2
Serial Title: AAPG Bulletin
Serial Volume: 68
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Synthetic passive margin stratigraphy
Affiliation: Cornell Univ., Dep. Geol. Sci., Ithaca, NY, United States
Pages: 768-775
Published: 198406
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 21
Accession Number: 1985-003572
Categories: Stratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1985
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