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Sedimentary Sequence/Parasequence/Systems Tracts (Highstand, Lowstand, Transgressive, Shelf Margin)

  • Christopher George St. Clement Kendall
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_177-1

Sequence Stratigraphy

The methodology of sequence stratigraphy uses a framework of genetically related sedimentary geometries and their bounding surfaces to determine the depositional setting of the sedimentary section of the earth’s crust. This framework is built from the interpretation of seismic, well data, adjacent outcrops and knowledge of regional geology tied to an understanding of sedimentology, and modern and ancient depositional systems (Fig. 1). This template can then be extrapolated to predict sediment character in the nearby subsurface and outcrops.


System Tract Sequence Stratigraphy Transgressive System Tract Lowstand System Tract Maximum Flooding Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth and Ocean SciencesUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA