By clicking on a word on the image, or one of the words below, you will be shown examples of rocks typical of the environment. As you will see, rocks of very similar characteristics may occur in more than one environment. Interpretation of depositional environment relies on looking at each rock in its stratigraphic context.
|Offshore and Transition Zone||Shoreface|
|Braided River||Anastomosing River||Levee|
|Crevasse Splay||Wave Dominated Delta||Non-marine Overbank|
|Mire (peat-forming wetland)||Alluvial Fan||Lake|
This web site is based on a core display (Yes! Real rocks!) located in the Geological Sciences Building, University of British Columbia.