"Like Megan, you are mincing words to escape the reality. It really is disgusting to see how you neo-Darwinians play with words in order to escape the obvious.
Notice: "Stratigraphy is a branch of geology which studies rock layers and layering (stratification). Wikipedia.
Then this: "The concept of formally defined layers or strata is central to the geologic discipline of stratigraphy."
Proof that we are talking about the same thing but you wish to split hairs over the matter."
Beds or cross-bedding is the term used to describe the smallest distinguishable sediment layers within stratigraphy. So, sure, there are thick layers which contain many distinguishable thinner layers of rocks in many sedimentary rock types.
"Making a difference between one of your 'geologic column' definitions & the other one is like saying, "This is a many layered cake I just made....
and this piece I just cut is part of the many layered cake I just made...but it's not the same thing." Right. you must think we are all stupid."
It isn't actually the same thing... Because not all areas contain deposits from every time period. So, the cake would be like the Geologic Time Scale and if you were to use a distinct Geologic Column of say, the Grand Canyon, it would be missing layers like the millions of years of missing strata that we discussed earlier from lack of deposition or erosion. So, you would have to remove a few entire layers of the cake for it to be a Geologic Column of a specific area. (Hence the reason that it is not the same as the analogy for the cake slice.) The Williston Basin would be a very close example of the Geologic Time Scale(though it is also just a Geologic Column that represents deposition in a specific area), because it contains layers of deposition from nearly every time period. But the Grand Canyon has a different Geologic Column because it is in a different area of the world where the depositional environments differed. So, it is missing many more layers but shares some of the same depositional layers from times that the ocean covered both areas at the same time during oceanic transgressions. Geologic Columns also vary in the exact rock types for many layers, so it would be kind of like a different cake altogether for some of the Geologic Columns of completely different areas. But, there are many of the same rock layers throughout the Grand Staircase and many other vast expanses, as we would expect. So, if you wanted to use the cake analogy, it would most closely work if you were using the Grand Staircase as the whole cake and the Grand Canyon as the slice of that cake because the Grand Canyon is part of the Grand Staircase. But, still, there are some layers that are not present or uniform over the entire expanse of the Grand Staircase.