Guidance for Changing a Boundary or the Name of a Stratigraphic Unit
Any proposed new or revised change to Kansas stratigraphy has to be published in a respected peer-reviewed journal. Proposed change should address each of the requirements of the North American Stratigraphic Code (2005), specifically Article 3 as outlined here.
Requirements for Formally Named Geologic Units (Art. 3)
- Publication (Art. 4)
- Intent to designate or modify a formal unit (Art. 5)
- Designation of category and rank of unit (Art. 6)
- Selection and derivation of name (Art. 7)
- Specification of stratotypes (Art. 8)
- Location of type and reference sections, include map or air photo.
- Subsurface reference section if practical.
- Description of units (Art. 9)
- Detailed measured sections and graphic log
- Subsurface E log if applicable
- Definition of boundary (Art. 10)
- Justification for change
- Historical background (Art. 11)
- Dimensions, shape, and other regional aspects (Art. 12)
- Extent of outcrop
- Extent in the subsurface
- Extent beyond the state's borders
- Geologic age (Art. 13)
- Correlations (Art. 14)
- Genesis (where applicable) (Art. 15)
- Subsurface units (Art. 16)