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Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments

Integration of ichnological information into sedimentological models, and vice versa, is one of the main means by which we can improve our understanding of ancient depositional environments. Mainly intended for sedimentologists, this book aims to make ichnological methods as part of facies interpretation more popular, providing an analytical review of the ichnology of all major depositional environments and the use of ichnology in biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic analysis.

It starts with an introduction to the historical aspect of ichnology, introducing common concepts and methods, and then continues with parts treating the main depositional systems from continental, shallow-marine and deep-marine siliciclastics, and marine carbonates. The last part is dedicated to the ichnology in hydrocarbon reservoir and aquifer characterization.

Scientists in a wide range of disciplines, including sedimentology, stratigraphy and petroleum geology

Hardbound, 960 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53813-0


  • "…he should be congratulated on managing to get more than 80 authors to contribute. He should also be congratulated on the diversity of topics the book addresses. Although the title makes clear its primary aim, Trace Fossils As Indicators of Sedimentary Environments explores a number of other ichnological fields too."--The Palaeontology Newsletter, Number 82, 2013
    "Altogether, this very interesting book, recommended for specialists and non-specialists in ichnology who undertake or approach basin analysis research… This is the culmination of intense work by Dirk Knaust and Richard Bromley, and I congratulate both for their courage and for the quality of this integral volume."--Palaeontologia Electronica online, July 2013
    "This volume is a must-read for all ichnologists, but not only for them. Specialists in sedimentology, basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, paleogeography (sensu lato), and paleontology will find it enriching. With regard to its very rich content and academic style, I recommend it as an advanced reading to professionals."--Sedimentary Record, August 19, 2013


  • Part I History, Concepts, and Methods
    1. A History of Ideas in Ichnology, Andrea Baucon, et al.
    2. Ichnotaxonomy: Finding Patterns in a Welter of Information, Andrew K. Rindsberg
    3. Trace-Fossil Systematics, Dirk Knaust
    4. The Ichnofacies Paradigm, James A. MacEachern, et al.
    5. The Ichnofabric Concept, Allan A. Ekdale, et al.
    6. Sequence Stratigraphy, James A. MacEachern et al.
    7. Ichnostratigraphy, M. Gabriela Mángano, et al.
    8. Microbioerosion, Max Wisshak
    9. Methodology and Techniques, Dirk Knaust
    10. Marine Invertebrate Neoichnology, Shahin E. Dashtgard and Murray K. Gingras
    Part II Continental and Glacial Systems
    11. Glacial Environments, Renata G. Netto, et al.
    12. Fluvial Environments, Ricardo N. Melchor, et al.
    13. Lacustrine Environments, Jennifer J. Scott, et al.
    14. Aeolian Environments, Allan A. Ekdale and Richard G. Bromley
    Part III Shallow-Marine Siliciclastic Systems
    15. Rocky Shorelines, Jordi M. de Gibert, et al.
    16. Estuaries, Murray K. Gingras, et al.
    17. Deltas, Nicola S. Tonkin
    18. Tidal Flats and Subtidal Sand Bodies, Patricio R. Desjardins, et al.
    19. Shorefaces, S. George Pemberton, et al.
    Part IV Deep-Marine Siliciclastic Systems
    20. Slopes, Stephen M. Hubbard, et al.
    21. Deep-Sea Fans, Alfred Uchman and Andreas Wetzel
    22. Hemipelagic and Pelagic Basin Plains, Andreas Wetzel and Alfred Uchman
    Part V Marine Carbonate Systems
    23. Shallow-Marine Carbonates, Dirk Knaust, et al.
    24. Reefs and Mounds, Leif Tapanila and Pat Hutchings
    25. Chalk and Related Deep-Marine Carbonates, Charles E. Savrda
    26. Mixed Siliciclastic/Carbonate Systems, John-Paul Zonneveld, et al.
    Part VI Ichnology in Hydrocarbon-Reservoir and Aquifer Characterization
    27. Porosity and Permeability in Bioturbated Sediments, Murray K. Gingras, et al.
    Subject Index


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