Paleokarst by Noel P. James,Philip W. Choquette

By Noel P. James,Philip W. Choquette

Landscapes of the prior have regularly held an inherent fascination for ge­ ologists simply because, like terrestrial sediments, they shaped in the environment, now not offshore at the sea flooring and never deep within the subsurface. So, a stroll throughout an old karst floor is actually a step again in time on a floor shaped open to the air, lengthy sooner than people populated the globe. historical karst, with its linked subterranean good points, can be of significant clinical curiosity since it not just documents earlier publicity of elements of the earth's crust, yet preserves information regarding historic weather and the circulate of waters in paleoaquifers. simply because a few paleokarst terranes are in the community hosts for hydrocarbons and base metals in quantities sufficiently big to be monetary, buried and exhumed paleokarst is usually of inordinate useful value. This quantity had its origins in a symposium entitled "Paleokarst platforms and Unconformities-Characteristics and Significance," which was once orga­ nized and convened via us on the 1985 midyear assembly of the Society of monetary Paleontologists and Mineralogists at the campus of the Colorado university of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The symposium had its roots in our reviews during the last decade, either individually and together, of a couple of significant and minor unconformities and of the various, and sometimes extraordinary paleokarst good points linked to those unconformities.

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