Flume tank experiment: An approach in replicating sequence stratigraphy in a laboratory scale

R. P. Hertiansa, O. A. Prasojo, T. L. Indra

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Sequence stratigraphy was a study of layered rocks that form in some period of time. It was proven to be a useful tool in industry, especially oil industry. Yet, sequence stratigraphy most people have seen was the result, not the process. Of which, this study wanted to replicate the process that was taken place in sequence stratigraphy in a smaller scale of a laboratory. To replicate sequence stratigraphy, this study used a flume tank device filled with sand and water flowing with controlled rate. This study makes changes in water level in the flume tank to affect accommodation space, on which sedimentation happens, thus, making some morphological change known as progradation and retrogradation. Changes were recorded using time lapse camera and measured using laser distance meter to see how much the morphology had changed after some period of time. Result of this study showed that transgression and regression could be replicated inside the flume tank by changing the height of water level. Though the time scale could not be made close to real condition, but the process and the result could. This would help understanding sequence stratigraphy not only from the outcrop but also from the series of the process that made it.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012049
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2020
Event3rd Life and Environmental Sciences Academics Forum, LEAF 2019 - Depok, Indonesia
Duration: 11 Jul 2019 → …


  • flume tank
  • progradation
  • retrogradation
  • Sequence stratigraphy


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