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Origin of Carbonate Sedimentary Rocks


This textbook provides an overview of the origin and preservation of carbonate sedimentary rocks. The focus is on limestones and dolostones and the sediments from which they are derived. The approach is general and universal and draws heavily on fundamental discoveries, arresting interpretations, and keystone syntheses that have been developed over the last five decades. The book is designed as a teaching tool for upper level undergraduate classes, a fundamental reference for graduate and research students, and a scholarly source of information for practicing professionals whose expertise lies outside this specialty. The approach is rigorous, with every chapter being designed as a separate lecture on a specific topic that is encased within a larger scheme. The text is profusely illustrated with all colour diagrams and images of rocks, subsurface cores, thin sections, modern sediments, and underwater seascapes.


Part I: Carbonate Sedimentology: an Overview
5-14Carbonate Rocks and Platforms
15-21Carbonate Chemistry and Mineralogy
22-37The Carbonate Factory
38-50Marine Carbonate Factories and Rock Classifications
51-66The Carbonate Factory: Microbes and Algae
67-78The Carbonate Factory: Single Cells and Shells
79-94The Carbonate Factory: Echinoderms and Colonial Invertebrates
Part II: Carbonate Depositional Systems: An Overview
99-109Lacustrine Carbonates
110-122Carbonate Springs
123-134Warm-Water Neritic Carbonate Depositional Systems
135-149The Cool-Water Neritic Realm
150-164Muddy Peritidal Carbonates
165-178Neritic Carbonate Tidal Sand Bodies
179-191Modern Reefs
192-211Ancient Reefs
212-222Carbonate Slopes
223-233Deep-Water Pelagic Carbonates
234-246Precambrian Carbonates
247-260Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
261-272The Time Machine
Part III: Carbonate Diagenesis: An Overview
277-285The Processes and Environments of Diagenesis
286-296Analytical Methods
297-310The Chemistry of Carbonate Diagenesis
311-325Limestone: The Synsedimentary Marine Diagnetic Environment
326-340Meteoric Diagenesis of Young Limestones
341-356Karst and Water-Controlled Diagenesis
357-369Burial Diagenesis of Limestone
370-382Dolomite and Dolomitization
383-391Dolomitization Processes and Synsedimentary Dolomite
392-402Subsurface Dolomitization and Dolostone Paragenesis
403-413Diagenesis and Geohistory
414-426Carbonate Porosity

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