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The Carbonate Analogs Through Time hypothesis states that “high-confidence, age-specific predictive models for carbonate systems and for reservoir occurrence, composition, stratal attributes, and reservoir properties can be developed by summing the ambient conditions of the carbonate processes and Earth processes at any geologic age.” We term these models age-sensitive patterns or themes. The hypothesis is built upon the cumulative body of knowledge that demonstrates carbonate processes (biotic evolution and mineralogic variation) and Earth processes (tectonics, climate, eustasy, ocean chemistry, and ocean circulation) have varied differentially throughout Phanerozoic time. The concepts of the stratigraphic hierarchy and the Sloss sequences are...

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