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European Fossil Reef Models—An Introduction

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Donald Francis Toomey
Donald Francis Toomey
Cities Service Company CITCO,Midland, Texas, USA
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Published:
January 01, 1981

ABSTRACT

The concept of this volume was, initially conceived in June of 1977 at a “Gasthof ” situated on the Austrian-Italian border at Nassfeld, Austria. During that Summer I had been invited by the Geologische Bundesanstalt of Vienna, through the courtesy of Dr. Harald Lobitzer, to lecture on Paleozoic organic buildups at the University of Vienna. After a brief stay in Vienna, a small group including Lobitzer, myself, my wife, and Dr. Werner Pil 1er of the University of Vienna, embarked The concept of this volume was, initially conceived in June of 1977 at a “Gasthof ? situated on the Austrian-Italian border at Nassfeld, Austria. During that Summer I had been invited by the Geologische Bundesanstalt of Vienna, through the courtesy of Dr. Harald Lobitzer, to lecture on Paleozoic organic buildups at the University of Vienna. After a brief stay in Vienna, a small group including Lobitzer, myself, my wife, and Dr. Werner Pil 1er of the University of Vienna, embarked on a field excursion to examine Mesozoic organic buildups throughout Austria. During this excursion we visited many spectacular Mesozoic (mainly Triassic) reef outcrops, and I was impressed by the amount of detailed work that had been, or that was in the process of being, com-pleted on these outcrops by both Geological Survey and academic workers. I was informed that some of this detailed information was already published, albeit in regional journals of rather limited distribution, and of course, written in German. Still, I was unaware of much of this information, especially that related to ongoing work, and even of some of the older work, which until James Lee Wilson's text on Carbonate Fades in Geologic History was made available in 1975, had previously not been generally known to an English-reading audience. After visiting exceptional reef exposures at Adnet, I suggested to my host colleagues the possibility of perhaps gathering to-gether a number of Austrian Mesozoic reef studies, translating them into English, and publishing them as a so-called “Reef Volume.” We continued to discuss this proposition and considered a number of alternatives until we arrived in the Carnic Alps of southernmost Austria. Here, we were joined by Dr. Erik Flügel, Director of the Paleontological Institute at Erlangen, West Germany, along with a number of his graduate students, During dinner of the first evening we asked Erik Flügel his opinion of our rather preliminary intention to organize a group of Austrian workers for the purpose of publishing an English volume on some of the visited Austrian reef outcrops. His response was immediate and positively enthusiastic, and he further suggested that we broaden the scope of the volume to include “reef models” from all over Europe, concentrating our attento various colleagues and that Lobitzer would act as Coordinator for our efforts and initially receive any forthcoming manuscripts. Thus the idea for a “European Fossil Reef Models” volume was born.

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SEPM Special Publication

European Fossil Reef Models

Donald Francis Toomey
Donald Francis Toomey
Cities Service Company Midland Texas
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
30
ISBN electronic:
9781565761605
Publication date:
January 01, 1981

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