Carbonate Cements: Based on a Symposium Sponsored by the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
In the annals of carbonate sedimentology, few fields have undergone more discussion than the area of carbonate cements. Why this interest? Studies of carbonate cements provide visual gratification to carbonate petrographers and mineralogists. Economic geologists exploring for minerals and hydrocarbons worry about their effect on porosity occlusion or preservation. Inorganic geochemists are now able to precipitate carbonate cements under controlled conditions, and organic geochemists can observe their interactions with living or fossil organic matter. Students of modern carbonate environments of deposition can observe almost instantaneous cementation processes in a diverse group of environments ranging from fresh water to the deep sea floor. The SEPM Special Symposium, held at the 1983 AAPG/SEPM Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas, was designed to bring together specialists working on modern marine and fresh-water cements, on their ancient analogs and their proposed relationship to burial conditions.
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