Spence and Tucker (1999) set out to critically examine the concepts underpinning the principal analytical methods used to model carbonate microfacies, and to assess their efficacy within the sequence stratigraphic context of high frequency relative sea-level and environmental changes. The difficulties of visualizing and modeling continuous gradational changes in limestone composition in response to dynamic environmental gradients, although widely appreciated, are rarely addressed in carbonate microfacies studies.

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Spence and Tucker (1999) compared two different conceptual approaches of modeling carbonate microfacies using an example from the mid-Cretaceous Urgonian platform of SE France, and used the results to address an extant sequence...

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