This is a most impressive book; it is nearly 800 pages of detailed information and synthesis of data on ancient reefs. The objective is ‘the recognition and interpretation of patterns recorded by the distribution of ancient reefs and changes in reef attributes’ – a bold objective indeed, but one which is achieved in many respects. This book derives from a major project funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and the publication of the book itself was supported by grants from BP, Shell and Robertson Research, as well as NSF and NSERC.

The book is divided into three parts, with...

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