Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Basin analysis is a proeess that requires the eolleetion and integration of a wide variety of different types of data. Many review articles and books are available that deal with some of the individual speeialized fields that together eonstitute basin analysis, such as stratigraphie methods, facies analysis, geophysical methods, sedimentation and teeto nics, and sequence stratigraphy; but this is one of the few books that has attempted, now through three editions, to show how these different types of data and the varying types of analytical methodology used in basin analysis need to be brought together to tackle specific basin-analysis problems. The emphasis in this book continues to be on the traditional geologieal skills of observation, deseription and synthesis. Some of the major components of basin analysis have stabilized over the last de eade. Facies analysis and the definition of proeess-response models (Chap. 4) consti tute an area that has reached a level of maturity and stability to the extent that only minor refinements are now to be expeeted, although many more case studies explor ing local variability will continue to be generated. The methods of lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy (Chap. 3) have also ehanged little in reeent years, whereas the widespread aeceptance of sequenee-stratigraphie principles and the introduction of allostratigraphie mapping methods (Chap. 6) have led to fundamental changes in the nature of regional basin analysis.
Complete coverage of the topicIncorporation of the most recent publicationsExtensive list of references