DEVONIAN REEF COMPLEXES OF THE CANNING BASIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A HISTORICAL REVIEW
Phillip E. Playford, Roger M. Hocking, Anthony E. Cockbain, 2017. "DEVONIAN REEF COMPLEXES OF THE CANNING BASIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A HISTORICAL REVIEW", NEWADVANCES IN DEVONIAN CARBONATES: OUTCROP ANALOGS, RESERVOIRS AND CHRONOSTRATIGRAPHY, Ted E. Playton, Charles Kerans, John A.W. Weissenberger
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Devonian reef complexes are spectacularly exposed in a series of limestone ranges along the northern margin of the Canning Basin in Western Australia and have become known as “The Devonian Great Barrier Reef.” The geological literature on these rocks dates back to 1884, and systematic research on them began during the late 1930s. Since then, many individuals and organizations have progressively increased knowledge of the stratigraphy and paleontology of the reef complexes, although one study concluded that they are products of “dynamic metamorphism.” Comprehensive research by the Geological Survey of Western Australia and its coworkers culminated in 2009 with the publication of a detailed account of the surface geology of the reef complexes and their associated terrigenous conglomerates. This article presents an overview of the research into the reef complexes, focusing on the key milestones and developments in knowledge and concepts.