Re: Widespread depositional systems (was re: inference)

Steven Schimmrich (
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 07:27:06 -0500

Glenn Morton wrote:

>>Each age had a dominant to predominant type of deposition. There is the
>>widespread quartzites of the lowest Cambrian, the mottled, algal dolomites
>>of the lower Ordovician (Beekmantown, Red River etc), the red-beds and salt
>>of the Silurian, the black shales of the Devonian, the Crinoidal limestones
>>of the Mississipian, the coals and cyclicity of the Pennsylvanian, the
>>redbeds and salt of the Permian and Triassic, the oolites of the Jurassic,
>>the chalk and greensands of the Cretaceous, and the diatomites of the lower
>>Tertiary. Today we have widespread clastic deposition. This is merely a
>>continuation of what we have seen in previous geologic periods, only a
>>different lithology

Art Chadwick replied:

>You raise an interesting question... Why is the geologic record a
>Why are different periods successively different lithologies (and different
>paleocurrent patterns?)

Plate tectonics. The Earth WAS different at different times in the
geologic past. You're hinting, perhaps, that a global flood could be
responsible for such differences but I've yet to see a coherent explanation
of how a global flood could produce the stratigraphic column as we see it.

- Steve.

      Steven H. Schimmrich             KB9LCG
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