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Wheeler Diagram Exercise Interpretation

VSA Author: Julien Moreau
Organization: University of Copenhagen
Date Created: 2014-10-27

After the students have done the seismic stratigraphy of profile (former illustration), I have printed my correction of the profile on A0 paper. The students then cut out each sequence and organise them in a way that sequences do not overlap vertically. By doing so, a wheeler diagram is created which is a temporal and spacial representation of the filling of the basin. The students can then measure the minimum available space evolution through sequences as well as an estimate of the sedimentary supply (by counting the number of phases/sequence). In addition a coastal onlap curve can be produced (not shown here). The combination of the 3 curves allows to constrain and understand the dynamic of the basin. There are profound changes affecting this margin which inculde palaeoceanographic and climate modifications which can be evidenced and discussed with the students. By observing these signals, the students can get a grasp on how sequence stratigraphy models have been originally created. They also learn by the example the limitations and inaccuracies of these models.


  • Interpretation Administrator:
    • Julien Moreau
  • VSA Author:
    • Julien Moreau

Geological Interpretation

Deformation Structures

Tectonostratigraphic Style

Seismic Stratigraphy
Erosional truncation, Toplap, Downlap, Onlap

Depositional Environment
Marine Environment, Coastal Environment, Continental Environment

Depositional Processes
Gravity flows

Geological Context

Plate Settings and Margins


Basin Setting
Passive Margin

Geographic Context

Physical Geography

Political Geography
Namibia, Republic of


Survey Information
Marine, Multichannel 2D, ≤10, Migrated

Data Presentation
Vertical Scale - Time

Image Type
Vertical Profile