Terrestrial Depositional Systems

Terrestrial Depositional Systems

Deciphering Complexities through Multiple Stratigraphic Methods

1st Edition - May 15, 2017

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  • Editors: Kate E. Zeigler, William Parker
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128032435
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032442

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Terrestrial Depositional Systems: Deciphering Complexities through Multiple Stratigraphic Methods is the first collection of contributed articles that not only introduces young geoscientists to biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and lithostratigraphy, but also provides seasoned practitioners with a standard reference that showcases the topic’s most recent developments in research and application. When studying complex depositional systems, scientists often need to rely on more than one stratigraphic technique to truly understand the sequence of historical events. Through a blend of specific analytical techniques, experiments, sampling methods, and working examples, this book provides a practical reference for addressing a range of depositional system challenges. This multi-contributed reference combines reviews of stratigraphic methods with individual case studies, providing readers with a broad scope of techniques that will aid their work in the interpretation and understanding of complex depositional systems.

Key Features

  • Offers multi-contributed expertise in biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and lithostratigraphy, ensuring a thorough, yet topical coverage
  • Features case studies in each chapter that underscore the range of applications of individual stratigraphic methods
  • Provides detailed explanations of different analyses, data collection methods, and sampling techniques, making the content immediately implementable
  • Includes more than 100 illustrations, figures, and photographs that provide visual representations of core concepts


Geoscientists and petroleum geologists with a research focus on stratigraphy from a multidisciplinary perspective

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction/Overview of volume
    Kate Zeigler and William Parker
    2. Collection of Appropriate Field Data for Stratigraphic and Biostratigraphic Investigations 
    William Parker and Jeffrey Warren Martz
    3. Revised Formulation of the Late Triassic Land Vertebrate "Faunachrons" of Western North America
    Jeffrey Warren Martz and William Parker
    4. Palynostratigraphy and Other Methods in Paleopalynology: An Application to the K-Pg Boundary
    Antoine Bercovici and Johan Vellekoop
    5. Sedimentologist's Guide for Recognizing, Characterizing and Classifying Paleosols
    Neil Tabor, Timothy Myers, and Lauren Michel
    6. Methods in Paleomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy for Terrestrial Strata
    Kate Zeigler and Kenneth Kodama
    7. The Lower Chinle Formation (Upper Triassic) at Petrified Forest National Park, Southwestern USA: A Case Study in Magnetostratigraphic Correlations
    Kate Zeigler, William Parker, and Jeffrey Martz
    8. Magnetostratigraphy of the Morrison Formation, Utah
    Susannah Maidment, Dominika Balikova, and Adrian Muxworthy
    9. Terrestrial Carbon Isotope Chemostratigraphy in the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation:  Complications and Pitfalls
    Suarez, M.B.; Suarez, C.A.; Al-Suwaidi, A.H..; Hatzell, G.; Kirkland, J.I.; Salazar-Verdin, J.; Ludvigson, G.A., and Joeckel, R.M.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: May 15, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128032435
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032442

About the Editors

Kate E. Zeigler

Kate Zeigler is the owner of Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, a woman-owned small business specializing in geoscience consulting. She obtained her B.A. from Rice University in geology and anthropology in 1999. Her M.S. was granted by the University of New Mexico in 2002 and her thesis topic was taphonomy and vertebrate paleontology of an Upper Triassic bonebed. Her Ph.D. was awarded by UNM in 2008 and her dissertation focused on the magnetostratigraphy of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation. Kate now works to apply stratigraphic data sets to aquifer mapping and groundwater resource management projects in rural agricultural communities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, Albuquerque, New Mexico

William Parker

William Parker has been employed as the lead paleontologist at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona since 2001, where he established and leads the park's vertebrate paleontology research lab. Since 2002, park staff have published more than 50 papers on the geology and paleontology of the Triassic Period. Dr. Parker has B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is considered an expert in the study of Triassic archosaurian reptiles and on the geology and stratigraphy of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of Arizona.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vertebrate Paleontologist, Chief of Science and Resource Management, Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest, AZ

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