Carbonate sedimentology. Blackwell Science. 482 pp by Tucker M.E., Wright V.P.

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For тисЬ of the time, epeiric p1atforms would Ьауе Ьееп very quiet, low-energy environments, with оп1у wind-wave activity. Fairweather wave-base would Ьауе Ьееп quite shallow, 1ess than 5 т. In ' the general and llluch-cited model of Irwin (1965) for epi-continental seas, а low-energy, below wave-base zone Х of the ореп sea, gives way to а relatively narrow zone У of higher energy where waves impinge оп the seafloor and there are strong tidal currents. Beyond this, in zone Z ир to hundreds of kilometres wide, there is restricted circu1ation, tidal effects are minima1, and storm-wave action is оп1у periodically significant.

Along the inner ramp, there are three end-members of the ramp model: (1) а beach barrier-tidal delta сотрlех with lagoons and tidal flats behind, (2) fringing sand banks and shoa! сот­ plexes with intertidal and supratida! es) between. The best developed and described modern car­ bonate ramp is off the Trucia! f (Loreau & Purser, 1973; Wagner & Уап der Togt, 1973), where the seafloor gradually slopes down from sea-leve! to а depth of 90 т in the axis of the gulf. осаl shoa! areas. Along the inner ramp, there occur barrier-tidal delta complexes with lagoons and tidal flats behind, and fringing shoals with tidal flats to landward.

In а packet decreasing upwards (Go1dhammer 1987; Go1dhammer, 1988). so subtida! facies with а tepee сар. e, cyc1es of subtida! itic breccia caps ате again present, aIthough there are peritida! aminites. , Norian Dachstein Limestone о! es. These ате a1so 1argely subtidal deposits, but they do contain intertida! fenestra1, stromato1itic and do10mitic limestones. The latter is а distinctive rock type геfепеd to as Some of these Lofer cyc1es appear to have ап intertida! 6). es тау Ье part of much thicker cyc1es of sedimentation, and in the Late Precambrian through Early Palaeozoic of North America these have Ьееп termed (Aitken, 1966, 1978; Grotzinger, 1986а,Ь; Chow & James, 1987а).

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