As a student my first experience of a modern carbonate environment was the red algal sediments of Mannin Bay in western Ireland, on a cold, blustery, wet late March morning. My second experience was in the Coorong in South Australia, on a rather cool, blustery, wet September morning. As a result the idea that not all carbonates form in balmy tropical seas was not new to me, and the interest in cool-water carbonates, especially through the mid–late 1990s and since, has confirmed my early experiences. Now more of us are aware that carbonate-rich sediments can form in many different climatic...

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