Title

The role of framework in modern reefs and its application to ancient systems

Abstract

Uniformitarianism — the principle that “the present is the key to the past” — forms the cornerstone of geologists’ efforts to unravel the prehistory of our world. When comparing modern and fossil reefs, a fundamental problem arises because the organisms that largely drive this important biological system have evolved over geological time. This has fueled a heated debate over the appropriateness of using modern reefs dominated by scleractinian corals as models for ancient ones built by stromatoporoids, sponges and a host of seemingly dissimilar organisms.

Publisher

Springer

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Department

Geology

Document Type

Book Chapter

ISBN

9781461512196

Language

English

Format

text

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