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stratigraphic analysis

1. n. []

An analysis of the history, composition, relative ages and distribution of strata, and the interpretation of strata to elucidate Earth history. The comparison, or correlation, of separated strata can include study of their lithologyfossil content, and relative or absolute age, or lithostratigraphybiostratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy.

See: absolute agechronostratigraphic chartformationgeochronologygeologic time scaleisochoreisopachlithofaciespaleontologyplanktonrelative agesequence stratigraphystratigraphystratumsuperpositiontrue stratigraphic thicknesstrue vertical thicknessuniformitarianism