Lithology and Mineral Resources

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 442–446 | Cite as

Analysis of Main Principles of Stratigraphy on the Basis of Experimental Data

  • G. Berthault


Stratigraphy, the basis of geological dating, was founded in the 17th century on the three well-known principles assumed by Nicolas Stenon: superposition, continuity, and original horizontality. Successive observations and experiments show that Stenon's stratigraphic model was not in line with experimental data, because it had “overlooked” the major variable factor of sedimentology:the current and its chronological effects.


Experimental Data 17th Century Stratigraphy Sedimentology Variable Factor 
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  • G. Berthault
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  1. 1.MeulanFrance

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