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Title: The evolution of reef communities

This book discusses the composition, structure, occurrence, and changes in reefs during the past 2 billion years. It emphasizes the functional roles of major groups (guilds) of reef-building, reef-destroying, and reed-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 authors 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.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5174872
Resource Type:
Book
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons Inc.,New York, NY
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 03 NATURAL GAS; 58 GEOSCIENCES; REEFS; GEOCHEMISTRY; GEOLOGY; STRUCTURAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; EXPLORATION; GEOLOGIC HISTORY; NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS; ORIGIN; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; REVIEWS; CHEMISTRY; DOCUMENT TYPES; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; MINERAL RESOURCES; RESOURCES 020200* -- Petroleum-- Reserves, Geology, & Exploration; 030200 -- Natural Gas-- Reserves, Geology, & Exploration; 580100 -- Geology & Hydrology-- (-1989)