Sediment growth and aging as Markov chains.

M. F. Dacey, Abraham Lerman

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Abstract

Preservation of sediments as a function of their geologic age can be described by stochastic models for the following cases: 1) fixed sediment mass with constant probabilities of erosion and preservation; 2) fixed sediment mass with erosion and preservation probabilities that vary with geologic age; and 3) growing sediment mass with constant probabilities of erosion, preservation, and removal from the sedimentary cycle. A general characteristic of the stochastic models is that for any mass-age distribution of sediments when the mass decreased with an increasing geologic age, there always exist sets of preservation and erosion probablities that describe the process of sediment aging.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-590
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Geology
Volume91
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

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  • Geology

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