Plate-Tectonic Maps of the Phanerozoic
Published:January 01, 2002
Thirty-two maps have been constructed which depict the plate-tectonic configuration, paleogeography, and selected lithofacies for Phanerozoic time intervals from the earliest Cambrian through the Neogene. The plate-tectonic maps illustrate geodynamic evolution of the Earth from the disassembly of Rodirua-Pannotia during Sauk time through closure, assembly, reorganization, and formation of the Pangean supercontinent during Tippecanoe, Kaskaskia, and Early Absaroka times, rifting, spreading, and disassembly during Late Absaroka and Zuni times, and new closure during Tejas time.
The Earth's climate reflects the plate-tectonic phases of continental breakup and assembly. The climate changed from a greenhouse with short icehouse interlude through icehouse...
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Phanerozoic Reef Patterns
Detecting patterns and processes of ecosystem evolution is among the main challenges of an integrated earth system science in the 21st century. The evolution of reefs reflects changes triggered by evolutionary innovations and variations in global and regional controls at different scales. The prime fossil record of Phanerozoic reefs offers the opportunity to trace these patterns through space and time. Phanerozoic Reef Patterns presents a comprehensive and up-to-date review on the history of reef building in the last 540 million years. A selection of internationally respected reef specialists presents a database on ancient reefs that is hardly available for any other ecosystem. The thoroughly documented patterns are analyzed with respect to global change, whose impact on living reefs is intensely discussed today. Phanerozoic Reef Patterns stands out from recent reviews on reef evolution by its careful qualitative and quantitative approach based on a comprehensive and multifaceted databank, by the strong focus on data, by a complete and unified coverage of the Phanerozoic from the Early Cambrian to the late Neogene, by emphasizing paleogeographic reef distributions presented on 32 newly developed color maps, and by a detailed index that makes the book a valuable research tool.