Cyclostratigraphic Approach to Earth’s History: An Introduction
Published:January 01, 2004
Alfred G. Fischer, Bruno D’Argenio, Isabella Premoli Silva, Helmut Weissert, Vittoria Ferreri, 2004. "Cyclostratigraphic Approach to Earth’s History: An Introduction", Cyclostratigraphy: Approaches and Case Histories, Bruno D’Argenio, Alfred G. Fischer, Isabella Premoli Silva, Helmut Weissert, Vittoria Ferreri
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Geological interest in Earth’s orbital variations harks back to the discovery of the Pleistocene ice ages in the 1840 by Louis Agassiz, who convinced numerous prominent geologists that the “drift” that covered much of northern Europe was not a relict of the biblical deluge but of a great ice sheet (Imbrie and Imbrie, 1979). What had caused this to happen?
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Cyclostratigraphy: Approaches and Case Histories
This volume is derived from an SEPM international workshop entitled Multidisciplinary Approach to Cyclostratigraphy, organized by the editors in May 2001 and held in Sorrento (Naples, Italy). In the Introduction we offer a brief history of how concepts of orbital cyclicity and its effects on the Earth evolved, an appraisal of the present state of research, and an overview of the papers in this volume. The main body of the volume consists of the contributed studies. These include a paper on conceptual and pragmatic approaches to stratification cycles by one of the pioneers of cyclostratigraphy, Walther Schwarzacher, who, in the 1940s, discovered the hierarchical expression of orbital cycles in rocks. The other contributions are specific studies of cyclic sequences, extending from the Quaternary back to the Triassic, covering the range from continental deposits to the deep sea, and employing a wide variety of techniques for extracting and processing the information.