The Stratigraphic-Sedimentologic Database

  • Andrew D. Miall


A successful basin analysis requires the collection and integration of several, perhaps many, different kinds of data. Direct observation of the rocks may or may not be fundamental to the study. In the case of a surface geological project, they will be preeminent, though perhaps supplemented by geochemical and geophysical information plus laboratory analysis of collected samples. For subsurface petroleum studies, actual rock material available for examination maybe very limited, consisting of well cuttings from rotary drilling plus a few short cores. Petrophysical well logs and regional seismic lines may provide at least as important a part of the total database. Investigations for strata-bound ores and minerals typically employ networks of diamond drill holes from which a continuous core normally is available. This provides a wealth of material for analysis, although certain types of observation, such as analysis of sedimentary structures, may be difficult or impossible in such small-diameter cores. In this chapter, we discuss the collection and description of stratigraphic and sedimentologic data from outcrops and drill holes.


Bedding Plane Sedimentary Structure Trace Fossil Lateral Profile Shallow Marine Environment 
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  • Andrew D. Miall
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  1. 1.Geology DepartmentUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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