Discusses the composition, structure, occurrence, and changes in reefs during the past 2 billion years. This is the only fully integrated treatment of these factors and processes with the evolutionary history of the organisms that have built reefs. Emphasizes the functional roles of major groups (guilds) of reef-building, reef-destroying, and reef-dwelling organisms in the most complex of all marine communities. A structural model, based on modern reef guilds, is developed. Then the functional roles of each major reef-building higher biologic taxon (algae, sponges, coral, etc.) is determined, and, on this basis, each such taxon is assigned to a reef community guild. Next, the author traces the geologic history and guild assignment of each major taxon through geologic time. The final chapter establishes a succession of ten major reef community types, and considers their extinction and recovery in the light of modern theories of cosmic and earthly events. Profusely illustrated.
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Table of Contents
THE REEF PHENOMENON.
What is a Reef?
Cenozoic Reef Models: Occurrence.
Cenozoic Reef Models II: Cenozoic Reef Models III.
Cenozoic Reef Models IV: Communities.
AUTECOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MAJOR REEFBUILDING TARA (with emphasis on the pre-Cenozoic).
Algal Autecology and History.
Poriferan Autecology and History.
Coelenterate Autecology and History of Bryozoa.
Autecology and History of Major Reefbuilding Taxa (with emphasis on the Pre-Cenozoic).
SYNECOLOGY AND HISTORY OF PRE-CENOZOIC REEF COMMUNITIES.
Early Paleozoic Reef Communities Cambrian and Early Orodovician.
Middle Paleozoic Reef Communities Middle Ordovician - Late Devonian.
Late Paleozoic Reef Communities.
Mesozoic Reef Communities.
Overview and Conclusions.