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Stratigraphy: A Modern Synthesis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 1-31
  3. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 33-75
  4. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 77-159
  5. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 161-214
  6. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 215-244
  7. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 245-310
  8. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 311-370
  9. Andrew D. Miall
    Pages 371-433
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 435-454

About this book


This book incorporates updated material on sequence stratigraphy, reflection-seismic methods, chronostratigraphy, and new concepts regarding the representation of time in the sedimentary record. It also includes a summary history of the development of ideas, concepts and methods leading to the modern stratigraphic synthesis, and features a comprehensive stratigraphic-sedimentologic database. Lastly, facies analysis and facies models are described in detail.       


Basin Analysis Chronostratigraphy Sedimentology Sequence Stratigraphy Stratigraphy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GeologyUniversity of TorontoTORONTOCanada

About the authors

Andrew Miall has been Professor of Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, since 1979, where his focus is teaching and research on the stratigraphy and sedimentology of sedimentary basins. His particular interest is in sequence stratigraphy, and in the sedimentology of nonmarine sandstones, and their characteristics as reservoir rocks for non-renewable resources. He is the inaugural holder of the Gordon Stollery Chair in Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology, which was founded in 2001. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995. Andrew Miall was Vice President of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada from 2005 to 2007 and President of the Academy from 2007-2009. From 2000-2004 Andrew Miall served as Canada’s representative to the NATO Science and the Environment Program’s “Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society”, during which time he assisted in the organization of several international workshops dealing with natural hazards. In 2010-2011 he served on expert panels struck by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government to examine the environmental management of the Alberta Oil Sands. Miall has been the author of five research-level technical books and the editor of five special research collections. In 2007 he published “Canada Rocks”, co-authored with Nick Eyles.     

Bibliographic information


“Miall (Univ. of Toronto, Canada) ranks among the most influential of modern stratigraphers, and in the present volume he provides a complete summation of all the advances in the science up to the present day. … Miall finishes with an in-depth chapter on the current status of the measurement of geologic time and future potential in the field. An extensive list of references follows each chapter. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (C. W. Dimmick, Choice, Vol. 53 (12), September, 2016)