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Experimental Stratigraphy

Chris Paola
CSE Distinguished Professor, University of Minnesota
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Physical experiments in laboratory tanks allow observation of basin-scale processes under controlled conditions and greatly accelerated time scales. But to what extent are the observations relevant to the field? Judge for yourself as we review the results of recent experiments on steering of channels by tectonic tilting, interaction of axial and transverse river systems, and wave and tide effects on deltas. We'll also look at natural similarity and its role in explaining the “unreasonable effectiveness” of stratigraphic experiments.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90159©2012 AAPG Foundation Distinguished Lecturer Series 2012-2013.