A distinctive pattern of Quaternary stacked prograded deltas and intervening transgressions on a rapidly subsiding continental margin in the eastern Mediterranean has been dated from offshore wells. Simple modeling, using the Quaternary oxygen isotope record as a proxy sea-level curve, has demonstrated that this pattern is a consequence of sea-level change. The progradational pattern is dependent principally on the amount of time that is available between successive highstands to provide accommodation space by subsidence. On rapidly subsiding continental margins, the standard pattern of stacked deltas can be used as a chronological tool in undated Quaternary seismic sequences.

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