Coastal Stratigraphic Sequences

  • John C. Kraft
  • Michael J. Chrzastowski


When James Hutton formulated the Law of Uniformitarianism, “the present is the key to the past,” he based his hypothesis on the assumption that forces and processes operating on the earth’s surface were the same in the past as in the present. This single hypothesis has been the key to most geologic studies that ensued during the past two centuries. Most geologists today agree that present processes and forces are very similar to those that operated throughout geologic time. However, the geologic-tectonic setting must have varied greatly, and the organisms, which potentially may have interacted with the processes and forces of action, have changed greatly over the Phanerozoic era.


Continental Shelf Barrier Island Stratigraphic Record Coastal Change Mississippi River Delta 
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  • Michael J. Chrzastowski

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