The new paradigm of sequence stratigraphy attempts to discern the migration of facies resulting from changes in eustatic, tectonic and sedimentary regimes in order to anticipate the locus and type of sediment deposition. It is rapidly becoming an indispensable tool for the prediction of facies in exploration and production geology and for discerning internal stratal architecture through high-resolution studies of oil fields for enhanced hydrocarbon exploitation. The discipline is in a state of rapid expansion. New case studies of its application are vital to an appreciation of the full potential of the methodology. The variety of studies published here collectively exemplify the response of the depositional systems to various governing factors that create or destroy accommodation space, modify sediment flux, and/or alter coastal and offshore productivity in a number of depositional environments and temporal scales. The volume contains articles that emphasize sequence biostratigraphy, sequence ecostratigraphy, the peculiarities of reefal and non-reefal carbonate platforms, computer simulation of basin sediment fill, global rates of coal deposition in terms of eustatic changes and the behaviour of mixed siliclastic-carbonate systems. The papers also cover documentation of sequences in intervals ranging from the Paleozoic to Miocene. One article identifies a previously ignored, but potentially significant, mechanism of eustatic change during non-glacial periods and the possible anthropogenic component of sea-level rise during the 20th century.
1. Depositional Sequences, Facies Control and the Distribution of Fossils; S.M. Holland. 2. Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Sequence Stratigraphy Utilizing Strontium Isotopes: Deciphering the Miocene Sea-Level History of the Florida Platform; D.J. Mallinson, J.S. Compton. 3. Using Ecostratigraphic Trends in Sequence Stratigraphy; F. Oloriz, et al. 4. Sea-Level Changes, Carbonate Production and Platform Architecture: The Llucmajor Platform, Mallorca, Spain; L. Pomar, W.C. Ward. 5. Geometric Responses in Neogene Sediments of Offshore New Zealand: Simulated as Products of Changes in Depositional Base Level Driven by Eustasy and/or Tectonics; C.G.St.C. Kendall, et al. 6. Controls on Long-Term Global Rates of Coal Deposition, and the Link between Eustasy and Global Geochemistry; L.B. Railsback. 7. Sequence Stratigraphic and Sea-Level Changes in the Early to Middle Triassic of the Alps: A Global Comparison; Th. Ruffer, R. Zuhlke. 8. Reconstructing Eustatic and Epeirogenic Trends from Paleozoic Continental Flooding Records; T.J. Algeo, K.B. Seslavinsky. 9. Depositional Sequences on Upper Cambrian Carbonate Platforms: Variable Sedimentologic Responses to Allogenic Forcing; D.A. Osleger. 10. Sequence-Stratigraphy of Early-Middle Cambrian Grand Cycles in the Carrara Formation, Southwest Basin and Range, California and Nevada; R.D. Adams. 11. Milankovitch Fluctuations in Sea Leval and Recent Trends in Sea-Level Change: Ice May Not Always Be the Answer; D.K. Jacobs, D.L. Sahagian. 12. The Enigma of Third-Order Sea Level Cycles: A Cosmic Connection? C.G.St.C. Kendall, et al.