Microbial Mats in Siliciclastic Depositional Systems through Time

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Microbial Mats in Siliciclastic Depositional Systems through Time

SEPM Special Publication 101

Nora Noffke, Henry Chafetz

Publication date: 2012
Subject: Sedimentology

The research field on microbial mats in siliciclastic environmental settings has greatly developed since its establishment by studies of pioneering scientists such as Gisela Gerdes, Wolfgang Krumbein, Jurgen Schieber, David Bottjer and others. The SEPM Special Publication is the result of the SEPM Field Conference on Sandy Microbial Mats (modern and ancient), which was held on May 21st to 23rd, 2010 at Dinosaur Ridge, Denver, Colorado, USA. The volume presents peer-reviewed individual case studies on microbial mats and on sedimentary structures (often called "microbially induced sedimentary structures - MISS") that occur in modern and ancient marine and terrestrial environments. The conference brought together sedimentologists, microbiologists, and paleontologists from 30 countries and all five continents. Topics discussed ranged from the evolution of cyanobacteria, the detection of quorom sensing in biofilms to the taxonomy of MISS and microbial mat ecology. The talks and posters presented fossil material from 3.2 Ga old rock successions to microbial mat samples from sediments of the present day. This volume is designed to present the wide spectrum of research in this multidisciplinary scientific field, and to integrate the many different points of view and approaches.

PDF ebook file size: 56 mb

ISBN 978-1-56576-314-2
eISBN 978-1-56576-283-1

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Nora Noffke and Henry Chafetz

Morphology and Distribution of MISS: A Comparison between Modern Siliciclastic and Carbonate Settings
Sushanta Bose and Henry S. Chafetz

The Trace-Fossil Record of Organism–Matground Interactions in Space and Time
Luis A. Buatois and M. Gabriela Mangano

The Record of Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures (MISS) in the Swedish Paleozoic
Mikael Calner and Mats E. Eriksson

The Role of Microbial Mats in the Preservation of Bird Footprints: A Case Study from the Mesotidal Bahia Blanca Estuary (Argentina)
Noelia Carmona, Constanza Bournod, Juan José Ponce, and Diana Cuadrado

A Microbial Mat Developed Around a Man-Made Geothermal Spring from Romania: Structure and Cyanobacterial Composition
Cristian Coman, Bogdan Drugă, Adriana Bica, Lucian Barbu-Tudoran, and Nicolae Dragoş

Sedimentary Dynamics and Biostratinomy of a Middle Cambrian Rusophycus Lagerstätte, Gros Ventre Formation, Wyoming, USA
Jayme D. Csonka and Danita S. Brandt

Composition and Microfacies of Archean Microbial Mats (Moodies Group, ~3.22 Ga, South Africa)
Antonia Gamper, Christoph Heubeck, and Dieter Demske

Witwatrsrand Metallogenesis: The Case Study for (Modified) Syngenesis
F.D.M. Horscroft, D.J. Mossman, T.O. Reimer, and Q. Hennigh

Microbial Mat-Related Structures in the Quaternary Cape Vani Manganese Oxide (-Barite) Deposit, NW Milos Island, Greece
Stephanos P. Kilias

Deep-Water Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures (MISS) in Deep Time: The Ediacaran Fossil Ivesheadia
Marc Laflamme, James D. Schiffbauer, and Guy M. Narbonne

Toward the Recognition of Biological Soil Crusts in the Rock Record: Key Features from the Study of Modern and Cretaceous Examples
H. Fitzgerald Malenda, Edward L. Simpson, Michael C. Wizevich, and Sarah E. Tindall

Criteria for Distinguishing Microbial Mats and Earths
Gregory J. Retallack

Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures in the ca. 1100 ma Terrestrial MidContinent Rift of North America
Nathan D. Sheldon

Morphological Association of Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures (MISS) as a Paleoenvironmental Indicator: An Example from the Proterozoic Succession of the southern North China Platform
Dong-Jie Tang, Xiao-Ying Shi, Ganqing Jiang, and Xin-Qiang Wang

Microbial Mats in Lower Triassic Siliciclastic Playa Environment (Middle Buntsandstein, North Sea)
Achim Wehrmann, Gisela Gerdes, and Richard Höfling

Caliche Crusts: Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures on Siliceous Substrates
Jie Zhou and Henry S. Chafetz

PDF ebook file size: 56 mb

Pages: 191
Publisher: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
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