Present address: Department of Geology, Texas A. & M. University, College Station Texas, U.S.A.
AN OBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF THE SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY OF A FLUVIAL BAR
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2006
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 179–190, November 1966
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DAVIES, D. K. and EHRLICH, R. (1966), AN OBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF THE SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY OF A FLUVIAL BAR. Sedimentology, 7: 179–190. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.1966.tb01592.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2006
- Received September 7, 1965)
The objective characterisation of sedimentary structures has not had as robust a development as more qualitative approaches. Using KRYNINE'S definition (1948, p. 145) that sedimentary structure is the “visible expression of non-uniformity in texture and composition”, a method is here developed that yields data which are a function of the thickness and orientation of the visually homogeneous elements that, juxtaposed, comprise a sedimentary structure. This method, based upon a progressive enlargement of the field of vision about a point until the included area is first non-uniform, yields a series of diameters which are related to both structural type and sampling plan. Exposures of sediment on a point-bar in the Mississippi River were studied in this manner and it was determined that the method efficiently discriminated between structural varieties, and additionally allows the structural complexity of a point-bar to be given a succinct quantitative description.