Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444515681, 9780080473987

Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy

1st Edition

Authors: Octavian Catuneanu
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444515681
eBook ISBN: 9780080473987
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 7th April 2006
Page Count: 386
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Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy provides an in-depth coverage and impartial assessment of all current ideas and models in the field of sequence stratigraphy. Even though widely popular among all groups interested in the analysis of sedimentary basin fills, both in academia and in the industry, sequence stratigraphy is yet a difficult undertaking due to an overwhelming jargon and the persistence of conflicting approaches as to how the sequence stratigraphic method should be applied to the rock record. This textbook examines the relationship between such conflicting approaches from the perspective of a unifying platform, demonstrating that sufficient common ground exists to eliminate terminology barriers and to facilitate communication between all practitioners of sequence stratigraphy.

This work is not only a review of past and current literature, but also includes key original viewpoints and is illustrated with new graphic material and numerous field examples of outcrop, core, well log and 3D seismic data in full colour. The book is addressed to anyone interested in understanding and applying the method of sequence stratigraphic analysis, from students to geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers. Sequence stratigraphy remains the most recent paradigm in the broad field of sedimentary geology, with tremendous potential to deciphering the record of global change and to improving the success of economic exploration.

Key Features

  • Offers theoretical guidelines of how the facies and time relationships are expected to be under specific circumstances such as subsidence patterns, sediment supply, topographic gradients, etc.
  • Contains numerous high-quality and full-color diagrams, photographs and illustrations, virtually on every aid in comprehension of the subject
  • Features a dedicated chapter on discussions and conclusions incorporating all previous chapters with references, basic principles and strategies
  • Provides an extensive list of references for further reading, as well as an author and subject index for quick information access


Researchers and professionals Upper graduate and graduate students, as well as upper graduate and graduate students in stratigraphy, sedimentology, petroleum peology and engineering, economic geology, coal geology, seismic exploration, precambrian geology, and mining geology and engineering

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY-AN OVERVIEW Sequence Stratigraphy in the Context of Interdisciplinary Research Sequence Stratigraphy-A Revolution in Sedimentary Geology HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY Early Developments Sequence Stratigraphy Era-Eustatic vs. Tectonic Controls on Sedimentation Sequence Models SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHIC APPROACH Terminology Concept of Scale Sequence Stratigraphy vs. Lithostratigraphy and Allostratigraphy

  2. Methods of Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis INTRODUCTION FACIES ANALYSIS: OUTCROPS, CORE, AND MODERN ANALOGUES Concepts of Depositional System, Facies, and Facies Models Classification of Depositional Environments Walther's Law Sedimentary Petrography Paleocurrent Directions Pedology Ichnology General Principles Ichnofacies Classification Softground-related Ichnofacies Substrate-controlled Ichnofacies Discussion WELL LOGS Introduction Well Logs: Geological Uncertainties Constraining Well-log Interpretations SEISMIC DATA Introduction Physical Attributes of Seismic Data Workflow of Seismic Data Analysis Reconnaissance Studies Interval Attribute Maps Horizon Attribute Maps 3D Perspective Visualization AGE DETERMINATION TECHNIQUES WORKFLOW OF SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS Step 1-Tectonic Setting (Type of Sedimentary Basin) Step 2--Paleodepositional Environments Step 3--Sequence Stratigraphic Framework <BR id="CRLF"


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About the Author

Octavian Catuneanu

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


"This volume has the best explanation and exploration of sequence stratigraphy yet published. It stands above earlier such books not only because of its outstanding graphics and clear prose, but also because it approaches the topic philosophically, emphasizing the cognitive models as much as the geological....All libraries with geological science programs should have this book, as should all sedimentologists and stratigraphers. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." -CHOICE "Outstanding conceptual diagrams and illustrations including color photos of geologic outcrops, well cuttings, cores, well logs, and 3D seismic data are the backbone of this book. I firmly believe that this will be a bestseller in the Earth sciences. I really enjoyed reading this extraordinarily comprehensive text." --THE LEADING EDGE, The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, May 2007 "Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy" is an up-to-date and comprehensive textbook covering both theory and practice of sequence stratigraphy." - Journal of Sedimentary Research, August 2006 "Octavian Catuneanu has written a balanced, well illustrated and up-to-date overview of the various approaches to sequence stratigraphy." - Journal of Sedimentary Research, August 2006