Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 09 Issue 03

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Volume 09, No. 3
Pages 173 - 177

Continental-Margin Seismic Stratigraphy: Assessing the Preservation Potential of Heterogeneous Geologic Processes Operating on Continental Shelves and Slopes

James A. Austin, Jr.Craig S. FulthorpeGregory S. MountainDaniel L. OrangeMichael E. Field
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The STRATAFORM research program (Nittrouer and Kravitz, 1995) consists of three interrelated areas of multidisciplinary research (Nittrouer and Kravitz, 1996, this issue). The “stratigraphic sequences project” is attempting to understand creation of preserved stratigraphy along continental edges as the product of geological processes acting on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. That goal is to be achieved by linking short-term (i.e., acting over hours to centuries) biological and physical processes (e.g., bioturbation, storms) to sequence stratigraphic architecture and facies, through remote sensing and coring. STRATAFORM’s stratigraphic emphasis is on the upper ~ 100 m of section and the last ~ 106 years of Earth’s history.


Austin, J.A. Jr., C.S. Fulthorpe, G.S. Mountain, D.L. Orange, and M.E. Field. 1996. Continental-margin seismic stratigraphy: Assessing the preservation potential of heterogeneous geologic processes operating on continental shelves and slopes. Oceanography 9(3):173–177, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1996.06.