A.S. Alsharan and R.W. Scott, Editors, 2001, 365 p. (Non-members $140, Members $100) ISBN: 1-56576-075-1.

Carbonate systems, in general, are a mainstay of sedimentary geology for all sorts of reasons: from studies on modern environments to paleoclimatology; from providing crucial data for testing hypotheses (such as out-gassing versus chemical weathering sinks) in the vexing topic of what provides the controls on major greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere; from paleoecology and migration of biota to snowball earth. More prosaically, carbonate systems are also among the principal hosts to the world's more accessible energy resources. In all these respects, carbonate systems...

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