Degree Year

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Geology

Advisor(s)

Karla Parsons-Hubbard

Committee Member(s)

Bruce Simonson
Kristin Dorfler
Russell Shapiro

Keywords

Cretaceous, Seep, Rocks

Abstract

Purpose: Literature on the formation of authigenic rock at cold seeps focuses on the role of microbes in creating geochemically favorable environment for the precipitation of carbonate and barite minerals. Less understood is the pathway that lithified microbial patches of seafloor sediment follow to become rock formations that are identified in strata dating back to the Silurian. In this study I will compare Holocene seep rock from the Gulf of Mexico to Cretaceous carbonates that have been identified as seep rock. Through the study of rock in its early stages of formation to rock that has likely undergone multiple phases of diagenesis I aim to establish a hypothetical sequence of formation of the Cretaceous seep rocks.

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