This unique textbook describes how past changes in sea-level can be detected through an analysis of the sedimentary record. In particular, it concentrates on the current sequence stratigraphy model. It explains this model from basics and shows how the model can be applied to both siliciclastic and carbonate successions. Designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in sequence stratigraphy, as well as for professional courses within the petroleum industry, this full-colour textbook includes numerous features that will aid tutors and students alike. These include detailed case studies demonstrating the practical applications of sequence stratigraphy and set-aside boxes providing supplementary and background information. Bulleted questions and answers are interspersed throughout the text, encouraging students to test their understanding of the material. The book is supported by a website hosting sample pages from the book, selected illustrations to download, and worked exercises.
Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Sedimentary rocks as a record of Earth processes; 2. Division of the stratigraphical record and geological time; 3. Sea-level change; Part II. Sequence Stratigraphy and Sea-Level Change: 4. Sequence stratigraphy; 5. Processes controlling relative sea-level change and sediment supply; 6. Case study: Quaternary of the Gulf of Mexico; Part III. Siliciclastics Case Study: The Book Cliffs: 7. Tectonic setting, stratigraphy, and sedimentology of the Book Cliffs; 8. The parasequences of the Book Cliffs succession; 9. Sequences and systems tracts in the Book Cliffs; 10. Sequence stratigraphical evolution of the Book Cliffs; Part IV. Carbonates: 11. Carbonate depositional systems; 12. Sequence stratigraphy of carbonate depositional systems; 13. Application of sequence stratigraphical analysis to ancient carbonate platforms; Acknowledgements; References; Index.