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This volume is the product of the international conference on “Jurassic/Cretaceous Carbonate Platform-Basin Systems, Middle East Models” that was convened in December 1997 jointly by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and the United Arab Emirates University in the oasis city of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). The concept of this meeting had its roots in the Carbonate Platform Working Group of the Cretaceous Resources, Events and Rhythms Project (CRER), which first convened in 1988 (Ginsburg and Beaudoin, 1990). In order to pursue the CRER goals, the 1997 conference objectives were: (1) to promote and disseminate research on geological and geophysical studies of carbonate platforms in the Tethyan Realm; (2) to provide access to the superb outcrops of the famous Jurassic-Cretaceous platforms and the classic Holocene coastal sabkha of the Arabian Gulf; (3) to promote the interaction between research and exploration/production geoscientists in the region and worldwide; and (4) to demonstrate the interaction of SEPM, academia, and industry personnel as a global community of geoscientists.

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