Lower Permian Tubiphytes/Archaeolithoporella Buildups in the Southern Alps (Austria and Italy)
Carbonate buildups representing “stratigraphie reefs” were formed during the Lower Permian (Sakmarian) and lower Artinskian at the margins of carbonate platforms in southern Austria and northern Italy. These buildups were formed by the interaction of encrusting algae (Tubiphytes and Archaeolithoporella), bryozoans, and syndepositional eogenetic radial-fibrous cements.
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The voluminous amount of information presented in this Special Publication not only fills a gap in understanding the European approach to reef studies but also provides the necessary data base to allow us (in particular the North American geologist) to incorporate this information in our overall interpretive studies. These studies should serve as an impetus for new investigations and will broaden our understanding of the complex interrelationships that operate in the reef environment.