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Precambrian carbonates generally have not been examined from the perspective of platform evolution. The major facies and stratigraphic relations of several carbonate sequences ranging from the early Archean through late Proterozoic are examined and discussed in terms of platform construction and the dominant factors that influenced patterns of sedimentation and the production of carbonate.

Early to middle Archean carbonate sedimentation was rare and generally restricted to brief interludes between episodes of tectonism and volcanism. Inferred carbonate facies are largely replaced by chert, and individual occurrences were less than a few meters thick. Most accumulated in deeper water settings, although...

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