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Devonian Change: Case Studies in Palaeogeography and Palaeoecology

Product Code: SP314
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by P Koenigshof
Publication Date: 14 May 2009
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The Devonian was a critical period with respect to the diversification of early terrestrial ecosystems. The geotectonic setting was characterized by the switch from the post-Caledonian to the pre-Variscan situation. Plant life on land evolved from tiny tracheophytes to trees of considerable size in combination with a global increase in terrestrial biomass, and vertebrates started to conquer the land. Extensive shallow-marine areas and continental lowlands with a wide range of different habitats existed. These are preserved in a large number of basins all around the world. Climate change finally led from greenhouse to icehouse conditions towards the end of the Devonian. Rapid evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and climate change had a pronounced influence on sedimentation and biodiversity, not only in the terrestrial, but also in the marine realm. This volume contains case studies from Australia, China, Europe, South America and North America, and individual palaeoecosystems and their components have been investigated in different palaeogeographic settings that contribute to a much better understanding of the Devonian Period. This is a contribution to the IGCP 499 project on "Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate".

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-273-0
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-273-1
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 360
Weight: 0.90 kg




Devonian change: case studies in palaeogeography and palaeoecology – an introduction, P Königshof

Devonian ecological–evolutionary subunits in the Appalachian Basin: a revision and a test of persistence and discreteness, C E Brett, L C Ivany, A J Bartholomew, M K Desantis & G C Baird

The Siegenian delta: land–sea transitions at the northern margin of the Rhenohercynian Basin, J Stets & A Schäfer

Frasnian reef evolution and palaeogeography, SE Lennard Shelf, Canning Basin, Australia, A D George, K M Trinajstic & N Chow

Distribution, geometry and palaeogeography of the Frasnian (Late Devonian) reef complexes of Banks Island, NWT, western arctic, Canada, P Copper & E Edinger

Parasites in Emsian–Eifelian Favosites (Anthozoa, Tabulata) from the Holy Cross Mountains (Poland): changes of distribution within colony, M K Zapalski

Devonian (Emsian to Frasnian) crinoids of the Dra Valley, western Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco, G D Webster & R T Becker

A re-evaluation of Famennian echinoderm diversity: implications for patterns of extinction and rebound in the Late Devonian, J A Waters & G D Webster

Upper Devonian miospore and conodont zone correlation in western Europe, M Streel

Middle Devonian micro?oras from the Chigua Formation, Precordillera region, northwestern Argentina, C R Amenábar

Middle Devonian microfloras and megafloras from western Argentina and southern Bolivia: their importance in the palaeobiogeographical and palaeoclimatic evolution of western Gondwana, M Di Pasquo, C R Amenábar & S Noetinger

A Silurian–Devonian marine platform-deltaic system in the San Rafael Block, Argentine Precordillera–Cuyania terrane: lithofacies and provenance, M J Manassero, C A Cingolani & P Abre

The Devonian System of China, with a discussion on sea-level change in South China, X P Ma, W Liao & D Wang

Late Devonian echinoderms from the Hongguleleng Formation of northwestern China, G D Webster & J A Waters



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The 13 articles in this collection were presented in earlier form at a series of workshops and conferences held in far-flung locales rich in Devonian features as part of the International Geological Correlation Programme Project 421, devoted to studying the effects on marine and terrestrial ecosystems by the climate changes and sedimentation of the Devonian era.
The volume is well-illustrated with b&w and color plates of photos, maps, and drawings

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