Horizon (geology)

In geology, a horizon refers to either a bedding surface where there is marked change in the lithology within a sequence of sedimentary or volcanic rocks, or a distinctive layer or thin bed with a characteristic lithology or fossil content within a sequence.[1] In the interpretation of seismic reflection data, horizons are the reflectors (or seismic events) picked on individual profiles. These reflectors represent a change in rock properties across a boundary between two layers of rock, particularly seismic velocity and density.[2]

Marker horizon

Marker horizons are stratigraphic units of distinctive lithology (different from the bulk of the sequence) with a wide geographical extent that are used in stratigraphic correlation. Layers of tuff (lithified volcanic ash) are often used for this purpose.

Event horizon

An event horizon is a bed that marks a geological event, such as an earthquake or a meteorite impact. It is the basic unit used in event stratigraphy.[3]


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  2. ^ Schlumberger Limited (2013). "horizon". Oilfield Glossary. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ Grippo, A. (9 May 2011). "Event stratigraphy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2013.