Cretaceous Rudists and Carbonate Platforms: Environmental Feedback
Sedimentologists, stratigraphers and paleontologists will find new data in SP 87, "Cretaceous Rudists and Carbonate Platforms: Environmental Feedback". The papers of the Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on Rudists are organized into three themes: (1) Depositional Environments of Cretaceous Carbonates has been an overarching theme of the Working Group on Cretaceous Carbonate Platforms, Study of rudists, which produced great volumes of carbonate sediment, is central to understanding processes and reservoir prediction. Some of the world's great hydrocarbon reservoirs are rudist debris beds. (2) The Origins, Events, and Demise of Rudist Paleocommunities signal significant local and even global events in Earth systems. Rudist communities responded to oceanic anoxic events and to complex factors that lead to oxygenation of deep ocean water masses. (3) Theme Towards Rudists Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Phylogeny focuses on the paleobiology and systematics of rudists. The foundation of all interpretations of biogeography and paleoecology is solid taxonomy that is agreed upon by the majority of specialists. This is a core, ongoing scientific pursuit.
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