Integrated stratigraphy is essential for

⧫ detailed paleoecologic studies of critical intervals in Earth history

⧫ the calibration of the time scale for global use

⧫ the establishment of Global Stratotype Sections and Points (GSSPs) for the definition of chronostratigraphic boundaries.

This book constitutes an excellent and probably unique example of how interdisciplinary stratigraphic and geochronologic studies are approached with modern methodologies and techniques.

It contains numerous unpublished, accurate radioisotopic dates of volcano-sedimentary layers interbedded in fossiliferous marine and continental Miocene sequences representing Mediterranean and Pacific environments. New, extremely detailed paleontologic data which constitute the basis for an accurate definition of the Miocene biostratigraphy, and the study of the ecologic evolution of Miocene marine environments are also included.

The chapters are complimented by black-and-white photographs, graphic figures, and tables.

Stratigraphers, paleontologists and sedimentologists plus geologists working in oil companies will certainly find this work of interest.

Table of Contents

Part A. The Historical Stratotypes. Chronostratigraphic units: historical stratotypes and global stratotypes (G.S. Odin). The Aquitanian historical stratotype (A. Poignant et al.). The Burdigalian historical stratotype ( A. Poignant et al.). The Burdigalian historical stratotype in the Rhodanian area (S. Pouyet et al.). Sr isotope record in the area of the Lower Miocene historical stratotypes of the Aquitaine basin (France) (B. Cahuzac et al.). Langhian, Serravallian, and Tortonian historical stratotypes (D. Rio et al.). Calcareous plankton biostratigraphy of the Langhian historical stratotype (E. Fornaciari et al.). Planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy of the Tortonian historical stratotype, Rio Mazzapiedi-Castellania Section, northwestern Italy (P. Miculan). The Messinian historical stratotype and the Tortonian-Messinian boundary (M.L. Colalongo, G. Pasini). Proposal for the global stratotype section and point (GSSP) for the base of the Neogene (the Palaeogene/Neogene Boundary) (F.F. Steininger et al.). The Miocene-Pliocene boundary: present and future (J.P. Suc et al.). Part B. Geology of the Two Main Study Areas. Miocene Palaeogeography of the Tethys ocean; potential global correlations in the Mediterranean (B. Vrielynck et al.). Tectonic setting of the Miocene northern Apennines: the problem of contemporaneous compression and extension (G. Pialli, W. Alvarez). Geology, tectonics, and integrated stratigraphy potential of Japan (M. Takahashi, M. Oda). Part C. Studies Relevant to the Lower Miocene Subseries. Introduction (A. Montanari, R. Coccioni). Integrated stratigraphy near the Oligocene-Miocene boundary in the Piedmont basin (Italy): biostratigraphy and geochronology (G.S. Odin et al.). Integrated stratigraphy (biostratigraphy and geochronology) of the Early Miocene sequence from the Emilian apennines (Italy) (G.S. O


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@qu:It is most useful having such a wealth of information between the covers of a single book. (...) This book is encyclopedic in scope and content and wil serve as the standard reference on the subject of Miocene stratigraphy for the foreseeable future. @source:EOS Transactions Vol.79, No.44 @from:G.J. van der Zwaan @qu:...for most libraries the book seems a must, as it is for those specialists that are actively working in the Miocene. For them many useful details are summarized and brought together. @source:Marine Micropaleontology, Vol. 35 @from:H. Yichun @qu:...The publication of this volume is really a praiseworthy achievement. Focusing on applying the concept of GSSP through interdisciplinary approaches, the book is a good example of the study of integrated stratigraphy, that is not only of value to stratigraphers, paleontologists, and biostratigraphers, but is also useful to magnetostratigraphers, chemostratigraphers as well as geochronologists who dedicate their efforts to a global chronostratigraphy. @source:Episodes, Vol. 22, No. 2