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Palaeozoic Reefs and Bioaccumulations: Climatic and Evolutionary Controls

Product Code: SP275
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by J J Alvaro, M Aretz, F Boulvain, A Munnecke, D Vachard and E Vennin
Publication Date: 26 March 2007
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The geological record contains a fascinating diversity of reefs and shell accumulations. As with many other biosedimentary structures, their facies characterization requires careful observation at outcrop and sample scale, and in thin-section to provide information about the global geometries, fabrics and textures respectively. 

This collection of papers encompasses the breadth of sedimentary geometries and facies displayed by Palaeozoic reefs, shell accumulations, and transitional composite deposits. The definition of reefs and shell concentrations has given rise to variations in nomenclature. The papers in this volume cover specific problems regarding the nomenclature and facies characterization of reefs, shell accumulations and transitional composite deposits. However, rather than attempt a complete revision of terms, the authors have touched on some of the important issues at this stage of development in the field: the main climatic, environmental and evolutionary factors that controlled the Palaeozoic development of shell accumulations and reefs.


Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-221-8
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-221-2
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 304
Weight: 0.87 kg


Fabric transitions from shell accumulations to reefs: an introduction with Palaeozoic examples, J J Alvaro, M Aretz, F Boulvain, A Munnecke, D Vachard and E Vennin
• Lower Cambrian shelled phosphorites from the northern Montagne Noire, France, S Clausen and J J Alvaro
• Anatomy of the Early Cambrian 'La Sentinella' reef complex, Serra Scoris, SW Sardinia, Italy, A Gandin, F Debrenne and M Debrenne
• Botoman (Lower Cambrian) turbid- and clear-water reefs and associated environments from the High Atlas, Morocco, J J Alvaro and S Clausen
 • A mixed ophiuroid-stylophoran assemblage (Echinodermata) from the Middle Ordovician (Llandeilian) of western Brittany, France, A W Hunter, B Lefebvre, S Regnault, P Roussel and R Claverie
• Micritic fabrics define sharp margins of Wenlock patch reefs (middle Silurian) in Gotland and England, S Kershaw, Y Li and L Guo
• Siluro-Devonian Alpine reefs and pavements, B Hubmann and T Suttner
• Sedimentology and magnetic susceptibility of the Upper Eifelian – Lower Givetian (Middle Devonian) in SW Belgium: insights into carbonate platform initiation, C Mabille and F Boulvain
• Frasnian carbonate mounds from Belgium: sedimentology and palaeoceanography, F Boulvain
• Late Frasnian phillipsastreid biostromes in Belgium, E Poty and E Chevalier
• After the collapse of stromatoporid-coral reefs - the Famennian and Dinantian reefs of Belgium: much more than Waulsortian mounds, M Aretz and E Chevalier
• The late Atokan (Moscovian, Pennsylvanian) chaetetid accumulations of Sierra Agua Verde, Sonora (NW Mexico): composition, facies and palaeoenvironmental signals, E Almazan-Vazquez, B Buitron-Sanchez, D Vachard, C Mendoza-Madera and C Gomez-Espinosa
• A late Atokan regional encrinite (early late Moscovian, Middle Pennsylvanian) in the Sierra Agua Verde, Sonora state, NW Mexico, B Buitron-Sanchez, C Gomez-Espinosa, E Almazan-Vazquez and D Vachard
• Coelobiontic communities in neptunian fissures of synsedimentary tectonic origin in Permian reef, southern Urals, Russia, E Vennin • Permian reef and shelf carbonates of the Arabian platform and Neo-Tethys as recorders of climatic and oceanographic changes, O Weidlich
• Late Permian limestones and the Permian-Triassic boundary: new biostratigraphic, palaeobiogeographical, and geochemical data in Caucasus and eastern Europe, J M Thery, D Vachard and E Dransart
• Estimation of palaeoenvironmental changes: can analysis of distribution of tabulae in tabulates be a tool? M K Zapalski, B Hubert and B Mistiaen   


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