Orientation studies of waterlogged wood: A paleocurrent indicator?

Fossil wood has been used extensively as a paleocurrent indicator, and published evidence suggests that it may be aligned either parallel or perpendicular to a unidirectional current. Flume experiments on deposition of waterlogged wood show that most fragments are aligned parallel to the current. For fragments with a high degree of symmetry, however, a perpendicular orientation is possible. The dominant factors in controlling the orientation of wood fragments appear to be current velocity, fragment shape and fragment size.

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Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Macdonald, David I.M., Jefferson, Tim H.

Date:
1 January, 1985
Journal/Source:
Journal of Sedimentary Petrology / 55
Page(s):
235-239
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1306/212F867F-2B24-11D7-8648000102C1865D