Stromatactic patterns formation in geological sediments: field observations versus experiments

  • Jindrich Hladil
  • Marek Ruzicka
Conference paper
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We demonstrate a novel purely hydrodynamic concept of formation of stromatactic cavities in geological sediments, originated by Hladil (2005a,b). First, the characteristic features of these cavities are described, as for their geometry and occurrence in the sedimentary rocks, and the several existing contemporary concepts of their formation are briefly reviewed. Then the new concept is introduced, and laboratory experiments described that were designed to validate it. Finally, the result obtained are presented and discussed, and the prospect for the future research is outlined. Note that the stromatactic patterns are three-dimensional cavities which are formed inside the rapidly thickening suspension/sediment. These are not the surface-related patterns like ripples or dunes.


Geological Sediment Internal Sediment Void Structure Pieniny Klippen Belt Stromatactic Cavity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jindrich Hladil
    • 1
  • Marek Ruzicka
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of GeologyCzech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Chemical Process FundamentalsCzech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic

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