Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs V4

Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs V4

Geology 2

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs, Volume IV: Geology 2 covers the major advances made in the geological aspects of coral reef problems. This book is composed of 10 chapters that summarize the types, economics, radiometric dating, and geological features of coral reefs. The introductory chapters present the types and distribution of coral reefs, such as fringing, barrier, and Atoll reefs. A chapter discusses the findings of the 1973 Royal Society and Queensland Universities Expedition to the northern part of the Great Barrier Reefs on the specialized Low Wooded Islands. Another chapter deals with the interrelation of ecology and sedimentation in coral reef complexes and the Coral Sea Plateau. The next part of the book discusses the techniques and results of radiometric dating of coral reefs and the coral reefs of the Solomon Islands. The remaining chapters deal with the Great Barrier Reef Province and discuss the geology of the basement upon which the reefs rest is included. The reefs are described from geological, geophysical, and hydrological viewpoints, providing a complete bibliography on the reefs. This volume will acquaint readers with some of the exciting developments in coral reef geology and will provide information that will enable them to assess the status of research in different fields.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors

    General Preface

    Preface to Volume IV: Geology 2

    Contents of Previous Volumes

    1. Types of Coral Reefs and Their Distribution

    I. Introduction—Definition of a Reef

    II. Distribution of Reefs around the World

    III. Major Types—Criteria for Recognition

    IV. Minor Types


    2. The Origin of Fringing Reefs, Barrier Reefs, and Atolls

    I. Introduction

    II. Subsidence Theory

    III. Glacial Control Theory

    IV. The Antecedent Platform Theory

    V. The Evidence of Reef Structure

    VI. The Evidence of Reef Morphology

    VII. An Integrated Theory of Coral Reefs

    VIII. Conclusion

    IX. Addendum


    3. The Nature and Origin of Coral Reef Islands

    I. Introduction

    II. Classification

    III. Island Types

    IV. Geomorphic Features

    V. Sediments

    VI. Distribution

    VII. Processes

    VIII. Origins

    IX. Equilibrium and Evolution


    4. Economic Geology and Fossil Coral Reefs

    I. Introduction

    II. Petroleum in Reef Reservoirs

    III. Metalliferous Ores in Fossil Coral Reefs

    IV. Conclusions


    5. Aspects of Sedimentation in the Coral Reef Environment

    I. Introduction

    II. The Coral Reef and the Coral Reef Complex

    III. Morphological, Structural, and Ecological Characteristics of Coral Reefs

    IV. Sedimentary Environments, Sedimentary Facies, and Constituents

    V. Sedimentation: Processes and Products

    VI. Some Aspects of the Interrelationship of Organisms and Sedimentation

    VII. Summary and Conclusions


    6. Radiometrie Geochronology of Coral Reefs

    I. Absolute Age Determinations

    II. Growth Rate Studies


    7. Some Notes on the Coral Reefs of the Solomon Islands Together with a Reference to New Guinea



    8. The Great Barrier Reefs Province, Australia

    Part I. A Summary of the Geology and Hydrology of the Queensland Coast and the Continental Shelf

    I. The Regional Setting

    II. The Continental Shelf

    III. Types of Reefs

    IV. Reef Structure

    V. Types of Islands

    VI. Sediments

    VII. The Origin of the Reefs

    Part II. A Bibliography of the Geology and Hydrology of the Great Barrier Reefs and the Adjacent Queensland Coast (Including a Number of Titles Brought Together by the Late Professor Emeritus W. H. Bryan)

    VIII. Introduction

    IX. Scope

    X. Discussion

    XL Bibliography

    9. The Basement beneath the Queensland Continental Shelf

    I. Introduction

    II. Torres Strait (Area A)

    III. Warrior Reefs (Area B)

    IV. Northern Great Barrier Reefs (Area C)

    V. Cape York-Lloyd Bay (Area D)

    VI. Lloyd Bay-Cape Melville (Area E)

    VII. Cape Melville-Townsville-Mackay (Area F)

    VIII. Mackay-Swain Reefs (Area G)

    IX. Bunker-Capricorn Reefs (Area H)

    X. Capricorn Channel


    10. The Coral Sea Plateau—A Major Reef Province

    I. Introduction

    II. General Climatic and Oceanographic Factors

    III. Bathymetry

    IV. The Coral Reefs and Their Foundations

    V. Sediments and Sedimentation

    VI. Cays and Islets

    VII. Structure and Geological History

    VIII. Summary and Conclusions


    Author Index

    Locality Index

    Systemic Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323154383

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