Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy

Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy

2nd Edition - July 22, 2022

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  • Author: Octavian Catuneanu
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080885131

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Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy, Second Edition presents principles to practical workflow that guide applications in a consistent manner that is independent of model, geological setting and the types and resolution of the data available. The book explains the points of agreement and difference between the various approaches to sequence stratigraphy, while also defining the common ground that affords the standard application of the method. This enables the practitioner to avoid nomenclatural and methodological confusions and apply sequence stratigraphy. The text is richly illustrated with hundreds of full-color diagrams and examples of outcrop, borehole and seismic data. The book's balanced approach helps students and professionals acquire a sound understanding of the concepts and methodology. It will appeal to geologists, geophysicists and engineers with interest in basin analysis, stratigraphy and sedimentology, as well as in all economic applications that concern the exploration and production of natural resources, including water, hydrocarbons, coal and sediment-hosted mineral deposits.

Key Features

  • Updates the award-winning first edition in all aspects of sequence stratigraphy, from the underlying theory to the practical applications
  • Presents the standard approach to sequence stratigraphic methodology, nomenclature, and classification; the role of modeling in sequence stratigraphy, and the difference between modeling and methodology
  • Discusses the roles of scale and stratigraphic resolution in sequence stratigraphy, and the workflow that affords a consistent application of the method irrespective of the types of data available
  • Describes the three-dimensional nature of the stratigraphic architecture, and the variability of stratigraphic sequences with the tectonic setting, depositional setting, and the climatic regime
  • Illustrates all concepts with high-quality, full-color diagrams, outcrop photographs, and subsurface well data and seismic images


Instructors and researchers in academia and industry, as well as undergraduate and graduate students with interest in basin analysis, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and applications related to the exploration and production of sediment-hosted natural resources

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Data in Sequence Stratigraphy
    3. Controls on Sequence Development
    4. Stratal Stacking Patterns
    5. Stratal Units
    6. Stratigraphic Surfaces
    7. Sequence Stratigraphic Framework
    8. Variability of Stratigraphic Sequences
    9. Discussion
    10. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 494
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2022
  • Published: July 22, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080885131

About the Author

Octavian Catuneanu

Octavian Catuneanu
Octavian Catuneanu is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, with PhD degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Bucharest. He is the recipient of several distinctions in the field of Geology, including the W.W. Hutchison Medal of the Geological Association of Canada for exceptional advances in earth science research, and best paper awards from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Geological Society of America, and the Romanian Academy of Sciences. Octavian Catuneanu served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, Chair of the Task Group on Sequence Stratigraphy of the International Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification, Chair of the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature, and member of the editorial board of several journals in North America, Europe, and Africa. He is the editor of several books and special issues, author of numerous publications in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and basin analysis, and instructor of sequence stratigraphy and related disciplines for universities, conferences, and companies worldwide. The first edition of his “Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy” textbook (Elsevier, 2006) received the 2007 “Outstanding Academic Title” Choice Award from the American Library Association and remains a best-selling title.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  • Istvan C. Tue Nov 01 2022

    Principles of sequence stratigraphy

    Excellent, high quality science