Publisher: Springer Verlag
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
416 p., illustrations, bibliography, index. ex-library, label on spine & on front cover, ink marks on outside top edge, corners abraded, label inside front cover, stamp on title page, text unmarked, good binding. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-6545400232
Synopsis: Landscapes of the past have always held an inherent fascination for ge ologists because, like terrestrial sediments, they formed in our environment, not offshore on the sea floor and not deep in the subsurface. So, a walk across an ancient karst surface is truly a step back in time on a surface formed open to the air, long before humans populated the globe. Ancient karst, with its associated subterranean features, is also of great scientific interest because it not only records past exposure of parts of the earth's crust, but preserves information about ancient climate and the movement of waters in paleoaquifers. Because some paleokarst terranes are locally hosts for hydrocarbons and base metals in amounts large enough to be economic, buried and exhumed paleokarst is also of inordinate practical importance. This volume had its origins in a symposium entitled "Paleokarst Systems and Unconformities-Characteristics and Significance," which was orga nized and convened by us at the 1985 midyear meeting of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The symposium had its roots in our studies over the last decade, both separately and jointly, of a number of major and minor unconformities and of the diverse, and often spectacular paleokarst features associated with these unconformities.
Product Description: Virtually all of the major aspects of karst and paleokarst are brought together for the first time in this thorough overview. A variety of studies which address the many-faceted topic of buried karst are presented. Modern cave systems and the precipitates (speleothems) adorning them are described as a baseline against which ancient features can be compared, including geochemical attributes. A series of examples of ancient karst - ranging from local to regional and interregional in scale and from Precambrian through Mesozoic in age - document the kind of stratigraphic and sedimentologic detail preserved in the rock record. The occurrence of hydrocarbons and mineral deposits in ancient karst systems are outlined. Moreover, this book is an important reference tool for graduate students and research geologists in the minerals and petroleum industry as well as those participating in government surveys.
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