Global Sedimentology of the Ocean

Global Sedimentology of the Ocean

An Interplay between Geodynamics and Paleoenvironment

1st Edition - September 17, 2008

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  • Author: Christian Robert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080930930

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A great deal of information has been gained during the past 20 years about the deep ocean. This book synthesizes new information in marine sedimentology, applying concepts to case studies, and integrating the information in a context of plate tectonics, global circulation, and sedimentary processes. The potential of sediment series as archives of past environments is highlighted.

Key Features

* complete update of synthetic information in marine sedimentology.
* association of information on the origin and transport of sediment particles, the evolution of sediment series and their role as archives of past environments.


marine geologists.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    1.1 Historical aspects
    1.2 Objectives
    2. Generalities
    2.1 Structure
    2.2 Physics
    2.3 Sedimentology
    3. Major types of basins in oceans history
    3.1 Rift systems
    3.2 Intraplate basins
    3.3 Crustal fissures
    3.4 Oceans in a context of divergence
    3.5 Aulacogen basins
    3.6 Oceans in a context of convegence
    3.7 Basins in a context of collision
    3.8 Paleogeography of major oceanic systems
    4 Formation of oceanic sediments
    4.1 Terrigenous sediments
    4.2 Biogenic sediments
    4.3 Organic sediments
    4.4 Sediments of volcanic origin
    4.5 Authigenic sediments
    5. Diagenesis of oceanic sediments
    5.1 Dynamics of diagenesis
    5.2 Effects of diagenesis
    5.3 Diagenetic alteration of terrigenous sediments
    5.4 Diagenetic alteration of biogenic calcareous sediments
    5.5 Diagenetic alteration of biogenic siliceous sediments
    5.6 Diagenetic alteration of organic sediments
    6. Past oceanic environments
    6.1 Anoxic Cretaceous ocean
    6.2 Strangelove Ocean at the Cretaceous/Tertiary Booundary
    6.3 Early Paleogene Southern Ocean
    6.4 Warm oceans at the Paleocene/Eocene Boundary and in the Early Eocene
    6.5 Eocene/Oligocene transition South of Tasmania
    6.6 Early and middle Miocene oceans: the Monterey Hypothesis
    6.7 Messinian salinity crisis in the mediterranean
    6.8 Mediterranean sapropels

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: September 17, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080930930

About the Author

Christian Robert

ancien chef de clinique à la faculté de médecine de Tours, chirurgien orthopédiste au CH de Tarbes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Aix-Marseille Universites, France

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