Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs V4 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123955289, 9780323154383

Biology and Geology of Coral Reefs V4

1st Edition

Geology 2

Editors: O.A. Jones
eBook ISBN: 9780323154383
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 358
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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


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