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The major controls on changes in carbonate productivity, as well as platform or bank growth and the resultant facies distribution, are interpreted here to be short-term eustatic changes superimposed on longer term tectonic changes (i.e., relative changes in sea level). Carbonate platforms associated with sea-level highstands are characterized by relatively thick aggradational-to-progra-dational geometry. They are bounded below by the top of a transgressive unit and above by a sequence boundary. Two types of highstand platform, keep-up and catch-up, are differentiated here. (1) A keep-up carbonate highstand platform is interpreted to represent a relatively rapid rate of accumulation that is...

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