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This special publication Perspectives in Carbonate Geology is a collection of papers most of which were presented at a symposium to honor the 80th birthday of Bob Ginsburg at the meeting of Geological Society of America in Salt Lake City in 2005. The majority of the papers in this publication are connected with the study of modern carbonate sediments. Bob Ginsburg pioneered the concept of comparative sedimentology - that is using the modern to compare to and relate to and understand the ancient. These studies are concerned with Bob's areas of passion: coral reefs and sea-level; submarine cementation and formation of beach rock; surface sediments on Great Bahama Bank and other platforms; origin of ooids; coastal sediments; formation of stromatolites; impact of storms on sediments; and the formation of dolomite. The remainder of the papers apply the study of modern environments and sedimentary processes to ancient sediments.

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Dedication to Robert N. Ginsburg.

Depth-related and species-related patterns of Holocene reef accretion in the Caribbean and western Atlantic: a critical assessment of existing models (Dennis K. Hubbard).

The mystique of beachrock (Eugene A. Shinn).

A re-evaluation of facies on Great Bahama Bank I: new facies maps of western Great Bahama Bank (John J.G. Reijmer, Peter K. Swart, Thorsten Bauch, Robert Otto, Lars Reuning, Sven Roth and Susanne Zechel).

A re-evaluation of facies on Great Bahama Bank II: variations in the δ13C, δ18O and mineralogy of surface sediments (Peter K. Swart, John J.G. Reijmer and Robert Otto).

Stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen in modern sediments of carbonate platforms, barrier reefs, atolls and ramps: patterns and implications (Eberhard Gischler, Peter K. Swart and Anthony J. Lomando).

A tale of two storms: an integrated fi eld, remote sensing and modelling study examining the impact of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne on carbonate systems, Bahamas (Stacy L. Reeder and Eugene C. Rankey).

Rapid recycling of organic-rich carbonates during transgression: a complex coastal system in southwest Florida (Brigitte M. Vlaswinkel and Harold R. Wanless).

The paradoxical occurrence of oolitic limestone on the eastern islands of Great Bahama Bank: where do the ooids come from? (Pascal Kindler and Albert C. Hine).

Calcareous epiphyte production in cool-water carbonate seagrass depositional environments – southern Australia (Noel P. James, Yvonne Bone, Kirsty M. Brown and Anthony Cheshire).

Microbes versus metazoans as dominant reef builders: insights from modern marine environments in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas (Miriam S. Andres, R. Pamela Reid, Emily Bowlin, A. Patricia Gaspar and Anton Eisenhauer).

Microbial dolomite precipitation under aerobic conditions: results from Brejo do Espinho Lagoon (Brazil) and culture experiments (Mónica Sánchez-Román, Crisógono Vasconcelos, Rolf Warthmann, Marian Rivadeneyra and Judith A. McKenzie).

Karst sub-basins and their relationship to the transport of Tertiary siliciclastic sediments on the Florida Platform (Albert C. Hine, Beau C. Suthard, Stanley D. Locker, Kevin J. Cunningham, David S. Duncan, Mark Evans and Robert A. Morton).

Controls on facies mosaics of carbonate platforms: a case study from the Oxfordian of the Swiss Jura (André Strasser and Stéphanie Védrine).

The allocyclic interpretation of the 'Latemar Cycles' (Middle Triassic, the Dolomites, Italy) and implications for high-frequency cyclostratigraphic forcing (Rob M. Forkner, Linda A. Hinnov, Robert K. Goldhammer and Laurie A. Hardie).

Phylloid algal mounds in the Paradox Basin, southwestern USA: an alternative to the in situ constructional growth model? (G. Michael Grammer and Audrey L. Ritter).  

The Cincinnati Arch: a stationary peripheral bulge during the Late Ordovician (Michael C. Pope, Steven M. Holland and Mark E. Patzkowsky).

Reinterpreting a Proterozoic enigma: Conophyton–Jacutophyton stromatolites of the Mesoproterozoic Atar Group, Mauritania (Linda C. Kah, Julie K. Bartley, and Alice F. Stagner).

Layering: what does it mean? (Harold R. Wanless).

Falling-stage systems tract in tropical carbonate rocks (Wolfgang Schlager and Georg M.D. Warrlich).

Early load-induced fracturing in a prograding carbonate margin (Donald F. McNeill and Gregor P. Eberli).

Markov models for linking environments and facies in space and time (recent Arabian Gulf, Miocene Paratethys) (Bernhard M. Riegl and Samuel J. Purkis).

Evaluating validity and reliability in high-resolution stratigraphic analysis (Carl N. Drummond and Lailah A. Marlow).


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