Conferences and Seminars
18th International Sedimentological Congress
“Sedimentology at the Foot of the Andes”
26 September - 1 October 2010
Special Symposium: Cool-Water Carbonates and Carbonate Mounds Through Space and Time
Conveners: A. Foubert1, M. Bierager2, and G. Eberli3
Cold-water carbonate mounds and cool-water carbonates are important, yet often underestimated, carbonate factories in mid- to deeper slope environments. Frontier research during the last decades in such systems has lead to a better understanding of carbonate systems thriving in colder and mostly deeper realms. The abundance of recent and sub-recent occurrence of cold-water carbonates is in sharp contrast to the few reported occurrences in the ancient. This special symposium aims to confront new views on recent cold-water carbonate deposits in different settings with possible ancient analogs. Topics such as the external palaeo-environmental and hydrodynamic controls, the preservation potential of such carbonates, early diagenesis overprinting and/or mimicking the (palaeo)environmental records, the importance of siliciclastic sedimentation going hand in hand with cool-water carbonate deposits, new lessons from biogeochemistry and microbiology, modeling cool-water carbonates and mounds, etc. will be discussed through a variety of talks and posters.