C. Blaine Cecil and N. Terence Edgar, Editors, 2003, SEPM, Tulsa, 275 p. (SEPM members; US $68.00; nonmembers; US $95.00) ISBN: 1-56576-085-9.

Climate long has played the poor stepsister to tectonics in the realm of sedimentary geology, but Cecil and Edgar's special publication (Climate Controls on Stratigraphy) facilitates Cinderella's continuing debut from the dungeon. The mantra of the volume is the primary role that climate plays in stratigraphy, which is a distinct and deliberate departure from previous emphases on tectonic and eustatic roles. Having been raised on a steady diet of the primacy of tectonics over all other...

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