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Carbonate Systems During the Olicocene-Miocene Climatic Transition




Carbonate Systems During the Olicocene-Miocene Climatic Transition

Maria Mutti (Editor), Werner E. Piller (Editor), Christian Betzler (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33791-4 September 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 312 Pages



The Oligocene and Miocene Epochs comprise the most important phases in the Cenozoic global cooling that led from a greenhouse to an icehouse Earth.

Recent major advances in the understanding and time-resolution of climate events taking place at this time, as well as the proliferation of studies on Oligocene and Miocene shallow-water/neritic carbonate systems, invite us to re-evaluate the significance of these carbonate systems in the context of changes in climate and Earth surface processes. Carbonate systems, because of a wide dependence on the ecological requirements of organisms producing the sediment, are sensitive recorders of changes in environmental conditions on the Earth surface.

The papers included in this Special Publication address the dynamic evolution of carbonate systems deposited during the Oligocene and Miocene in the context on climatic and Earth surfaces processes focusing on  climatic trends and controls over deposition; temporal changes in carbonate producers and palaeoecology; carbonate terminology; facies; processes and environmental parameters (including water temperature and production depth profiles); carbonate producers and their spatial and temporal variability; and tectonic controls over architecture.

This book is part of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) Special Publications.

The Special Publications from the IAS are a set of thematic volumes edited by specialists on subjects of central interest to sedimentologists. Papers are reviewed and printed to the same high standards as those published in the journal Sedimentology and several of these volumes have become standard works of reference.

Miocene carbonate systems: an introduction vii
M. Mutti, W. Piller and C. Betzler

A synthesis of Late Oligocene through Miocene deep sea temperatures as inferred from foraminiferal Mg/Ca ratios 1
K. Billups and K. Scheiderich

Latitudinal trends in Cenozoic reef patterns and their relationship to climate 17
C. Perrin and W. Kiessling

Carbonate grain associations: their use and environmental significance, a brief review 35
P. Kindler and M. Wilson

Temperate and tropical carbonatesedimentation episodes in the Neogene Betic basins (southern Spain) linked to climatic oscillations and changes in Atlantic-Mediterranean connections: constraints from isotopic data 49
J. M. Martýn, J. C. Braga, I. M. Sanchez-Almazo and J. Aguirre

Facies models and geometries of the Ragusa Platform (SE Sicily, Italy) near the Serravallian–Tortonian boundary 71
C. Ruchonnet and P. Kindler

The sensitivity of a tropical foramolrhodalgal carbonate ramp to relative sealevel change: Miocene of the central Apennines, Italy 89
M. Brandano, H. Westphal and G. Mateu-Vicens

Facies and sequence architecture of a tropical foramol-rhodalgal carbonate ramp: Miocene of the central Apennines (Italy) 107
M. Brandano, L. Corda and F. Castorina

Facies and stratigraphic architecture of a Miocene warm-temperate to tropical fault-block carbonate platform, Sardinia (Central Mediterranean Sea) 129
M.-F. Benisek, G. Marcano, C. Betzler and M. Mutti

Coralline algae, oysters and echinoids – a liaison in rhodolith formation from the Burdigalian of the Latium-Abruzzi Platform (Italy) 149
M. Brandano and W. E. Piller

Palaeoenvironmental significance of Oligocene–Miocene coralline red algae – a review 165
J. C. Braga, D. Bassi and W. E. Piller

Molluscs as a major part of subtropical shallow-water carbonate production – an example from a Middle Miocene oolite shoal (Upper Serravallian, Austria) 183
M. Harzhauser and W. E. Piller

Echinoderms and Oligo-Miocene carbonate systems: potential applications in sedimentology and environmental reconstruction 201
A. Kroh and J. H. Nebelsick

Coral diversity and temperature: a palaeoclimatic perspective for the Oligo-Miocene of the Mediterranean region 229
F. R. Bosellini and C. Perrin

Late Oligocene to Miocene reef formation on Kita-daito-jima, northern Philippine Sea 245
Y. Iryu, S. Inagaki, Y. Suzuki and K. Yamamoto

Carbonate production in rift basins: models for platform inception, growth and dismantling, and for shelf to basin sediment transport, Miocene Sardinia Rift Basin, Italy 257
M. Vigorito, M. Murru and L. Simone

Index 283

"The Oligocene and Miocene Epochs comprise the most important phases in the Cenozoic global cooling that led from a greenhouse to an icehouse Earth." (Environmental Expert, 8 February 2011)