North African Cretaceous Carbonate Platform Systems / Edition 1by Eul?lia Gili
Pub. Date: 11/30/2003
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Carbonate platforms are attracting growing interest as significant components in the history of global climatic and oceanic change, especially those of the Cretaceous 'greenhouse' world. The current primary literature is scattered and relatively inaccessible, so this volume provides the first general survey of the South Tethyan region of integrated carbonate,… See more details below
Carbonate platforms are attracting growing interest as significant components in the history of global climatic and oceanic change, especially those of the Cretaceous 'greenhouse' world. The current primary literature is scattered and relatively inaccessible, so this volume provides the first general survey of the South Tethyan region of integrated carbonate, evaporite and siliciclastic facies, together with up-to-date reviews of topics that are especially relevant to their investigation. The regional surveys cover Egypt (including Sinai), Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. They emphasize the stratigraphy and character of rudist and coral formations, which form the most distinctive platform component, as well as touching on such aspects as eustatic and tectonic context, palaeoecology, diagenesis and resource implications. The general topics covered include modern methods of chemo- and biostratigraphical correlation of platform successions, variation in the nature of platform facies with respect to climatic, oceanic and palaeographic settings, and the palaeoecology and evolution of rudist bivalves. A key source for those working on Cretaceous stratigraphy, palaeogeography and palaeoclimatology, and Tethyan biotas, as well as petroleum geologists concerned with the region.
Table of Contents
REGIONAL SYNTHESES.- High resolution North African Cretaceous stratigraphy: status.- Mesozoic carbonate platforms and associated siliciclastic spreadings in Morocco.- Genesis and diagenesis of the Gattar carbonate platform, Lower Turonian, northern southern Tunisia.- The growth and migration of two Turonian rudist-bearing carbonate platforms in Central Tunisia. Eustatic and tectonic controls.- Cretaceous coral-rudist formations in Tunisia. Paleogeography and Paleoecology.- Turonian rudist-coral limestones in Jebel Bireno, Central Tunisia.- Upper Cretaceous platform-derived conglomerates in Central Tunisia: significance and genesis mode.- Palaeogeographic context of Cenomanian and Turonian carbonate platforms in the eastern Atlasic domain.- Stratigraphic and geographic distribution of rudists in Algeria: a state of the art.- Cretaceous — Paleogene sequence stratigraphy of the Levant Platform (Egypt, Sinai, Jordan).- Sedimentological and taphonomic characterization of low-energy rudist-dominated Senonian carbonate shelves (southern Apennines, Italy).- TOPICAL REVIEWS.- Integrated stratigraphy of the lower Aptian and applications to carbonate platforms: a state of the art.- Rudist evolution and extintion — a North African perspective.- Strontium isotope chemostratigraphy of rudist bivalves and Cretaceous carbonate platforms.- Use of hippuritids for interpreting carbonate platform environments.
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