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New Perspectives in Basin Analysis

In the extensive field of earth sciences, with its many subdisciplines, the trans- fer of knowledge is primarily established via personal communication, during meetings, by reading journal articles, or by consulting books. Because more information is available than can be assimilated, it is necessary for the individual to search selectively. Books take more time from the inception of an idea until publication than any of the other means of communication men- tioned. As a consequence, their function is somewhat different. Many good books are a compilation of up to date knowledge and serve as reference or instruction manuals. Some books are a collection of previously published papers dealing with a certain topic, while others may basically provide large sets of data or examples. The Frontiers in Sedimentary Geology series was established both for stu- dents and practicing earth scientists who wish to either stay abreast of the most recent ideas or developments or to become familiar with an important topic in the field of sedimentary geology. The series attempts to deal with sub- jects that are in the forefront of both scientific and economic interest. The treatment of a subject in an individual volume should be a combination of topi- cal, regional, and interdisciplinary approaches. Although these three terms can be defined separately, in reality they should flow into each other. A topical treatment should relate to a major category of sedimentary geology.
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I-Source-Area Characterization: Introduction.- 1 Provenance and Sediment Dispersal in Relation to Paleotectonics and Paleogeography of Sedimentary Basins.- 2 Isotopic Provenance of Clastic Deposits: Application of Geochemistry to Sedimentary Provenance Studies.- 3 History of Uplift and Relief of the Himalaya During the Past 18 Million Years: Evidence from Fission-Track Ages of Detrital Zircons from Sandstones of the Siwalik Group.- II-Lithostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy: Introduction.- 4 Facies Architecture in Clastic Sedimentary Basins.- 5 Origin, Recognition, and Importance of Erosional Unconformities in Sedimentary Basins.- 6 Analysis of Eustatic, Tectonic, and Sedimentologic Influences on Transgressive and Regressive Cycles in the Upper Cenozoic Merced Formation, San Francisco, California.- 7 Cambro-Ordovician Eustasy: Evidence from Geophysical Modelling of Subsidence in Cordilleran and Appalachian Passive Margins.- 8 Coal Correlations and Intrabasinal Subsidence: A New Analytical Perspective.- 9 The Use of Magnetic-Reversal Time Lines in Stratigraphic Analysis: A Case Study in Measuring Variability in Sedimentation Rates.- III-Tectonics and Sedimentation: Introduction.- 10 Intraplate Stresses: A New Element in Basin Analysis.- 11 Subsidence and Gravel Transport in Alluvial Basins.- 12 Relict Back-Arc Basins: Principles of Recognition and Possible New Examples from China.- 13 Synorogenic Sedimentation and Subsidence in a Plio-Pleistocene Collisional Basin, Eastern Taiwan.- 14 Paleogeography and Tectonic Evolution Interpreted from Deformed Sequences: Principles, Limitations, and Examples from the Southwestern United States.- 15 Sedimentary Basins in the Context of Allochthonous Terranes.- 16 Dating Thrust-Fault Activity by Use of Foreland-Basin Strata.- 17 Stratigraphic Keys to the Timing of Thrusting in Terrestrial Foreland Basins: Applications to the Northwestern Himalaya.- 18 Provenance and Dispersal of Tectogenic Sediments in Thin-Skinned, Thrusted Terrains.- IV-Precambrian Basins: Introduction.- 19 Basin Analysis in Regionally Metamorphosed and Deformed Early Archean Terrains: Examples from Southern Africa and Western Australia.- 20 Flexure of the Early Proterozoic Lithosphere and the Evolution of Kilohigok Basin (1.9 Ga), Northwest Canadian Shield.- 21 Glaciation: An Uncommon "Mega-Event" as a Key to Intracontinental and Intercontinental Correlation of Early Proterozoic Basin Fill, North American and Baltic Cratons.

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