Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production

Edited by D.W.J. Bosence, K.A. Gibbons, D.P. Le Heron, W.A. Morgan, T. Pritchard and B.A. Vining


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Microbial carbonates (microbialites) are remarkable sedimentary deposits. They have the longest geological range of any type of biogenic limestones, form in the greatest range of different sedimentary enviornments, oxygenated the Earth's atmosphere and produce and, furthermore, store large volumes of hydrocarbons.

This special publication provides significant contributions at a pivotal time in our understanding of microbial carbonates when their economic importance has become established and the results of many research programmes are coming to fruition.

It is the first book to focus on the economic aspects of microbialities and in particular the giant pre-salt discoveries offshore Brazil. The volume contains papers on the processes involved in the formation of both ancient and modern microbialites and the diversity of style in microbial carbonate build-ups. Structures and fabrics from both marine and non-marine settings are discussed from throughout the geological record.
Geological Society of London Special Publication 418
Product Code:1275
Publisher:Geological Society of London
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ISBN:978-1-86239-727-9
Media:hardcover
Pages:308

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