Economic Resources in Cretaceous Carbonate Platforms: An Overview
Robert W. Scott, J. A. Toni Simo, Jean-Pierre Masse, 1993. "Economic Resources in Cretaceous Carbonate Platforms: An Overview", Cretaceous Carbonate Platforms, J. A. Toni Simo, Robert W. Scott, Jean-Pierre Masse
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Cretaceous carbonate platforms have great economic significance to humans and our quality of life. They contain approximately 16 of the world's hydrocarbon reserves (Carmatt and St. John, 1986; Klemme and Ulmishek, 1991). In addition, Cretaceous carbonates contain significant bauxite deposits (for aluminum), sedimentary iron, phosphate ores, and important secondary mineral deposits. Cretaceous carbonates are important sources of marble, building stone, and lime for construction. At many places in the world, Cretaceous carbonate platforms have played a significant role in the course of human history not only as economic resources but also as landforms that have influenced human actions.
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With the large amount of information from Cretaceous basins available for comparative studies in the early 1990s, it seemed appropriate and timely to make available these regional studies on carbonate platforms, aiming at a convenient and objective presentation in a standard format. This volume represents the result of that effort. It brings together 32 well-documented data sets on carbonate platforms from 17 countries, which represent a significant part of the spectrum of Cretaceous carbonate platforms in different geologic provinces and tectonic settings. Two introductory articles summarize some of the main aspects of the Cretaceous period, carbonate platforms, and economic resources, and review each case study. The objectives of this book are to document styles of formation, growth, and development of Cretaceous carbonate platforms and to compare platform geometries, dimensions, and styles of similar platforms but different tectonic-sedimentary settings.