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The spectrum of carbonate-platform types, their heterogeneities, and their architecture is complex. Each platform succession has a distinctive and unique character that is a response to the particular geotectonic context and the physical, chemical, and biological conditions to that specific Phanerozoic window. Each succession has a distinct depositional profile, facies-belt distribution, and platform architecture, and it is expressed by the order of the basic accretional units and their stacking patterns. Critical differences between platform types are often the result of differences in their ecological accommodation. End members include (A) low-relief carbonate ramps that match a shelf equilibrium profile and...

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