Synthetic stratigraphy of carbonate platform and basin systems

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Abstract

A forward, numerical model of the carbonate platform and basin depositional system aids in understanding the roles played by different variables in controlling the growth patterns of carbonate platforms, and thus their internal facies architecture. In general, sea-level fluctuations tend to restrict progradation of the platform by producing periods of exposure of the platform top that decrease the overall sediment budget available for deposition on the marginal slope. Either increasing the amplitude or decreasing the period of the sea-level cycle also restricts progradation, which suggests that the higher order (short period) sea-level cycles that are evident in the rock record may play an important role in controlling the cross-sectional geometry of carbonate platforms. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-706
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology

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