For many years now, the classic notions of “layer cake” stratigraphy have been denigrated as representing an antiquated view of the geologic record. And, it would seem rightly so, for even the most casual observer of the modern Earth's surface knows the conditions are far from uniform across virtually any part of the globe. At worst, the “layer cake” view represents a throwback to a Neptunian “onion skin” view of Earth's history. The modern facies view of stratigraphy, emanating from the Germanic school of Armanz Gressly and Johannes Walther, among others, revolutionized geologists' view of the time-space relationships in strata....

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