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Worldwide Unconformities in Marine Sediments related to Eustatic Changes of Sea Level

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THE Deep Sea Drilling Project has discovered hiatuses of up to tens of millions of years in the stratigraphic record of every principal ocean basin. A hiatus is recognized by a discontinuity in palaeontologic ages and/or by an abrupt decrease in average sediment accumulation rates below that typical for the sediment type present within a cored interval. The physical expression of a hiatus may be a surface(s) of unconformity within the stratigraphic column resulting from an interval(s) of non-deposition and/or erosion.

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RONA, P. Worldwide Unconformities in Marine Sediments related to Eustatic Changes of Sea Level. Nature Physical Science 244, 25–26 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1038/physci244025a0

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