Most of Earth’s exposed sedimentary rock record was laid down in the vast, shallow inland seas that covered the continents intermittently over the past three billion years. The bulk of the fossil record and most of the world’s petroleum came from them. At times these epeiric seas resembled broad continental shelves, while at other times they were restricted, lake-like or hypersaline. Yet they have no direct modern analogues. Thus, for over a century geologists have struggled with the particular challenges this presents in making sense of their unique attributes.
This collection of 16 copiously illustrated papers by an international slate of authors grew out of special sessions held at the Geological Association of Canada annual meeting convened in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 2002. They cover a wide range of subject matter using examples from around the world. Thus the papers represent the state-of-the-art in a variety of aspects, from sedimentological to paleoecological, geochemical to oceanographic, siliciclastic to carbonate. This volume will be of great interest to earth scientists of many stripes, including stratigraphers, sedimentologists, paleontologists, geochemists and petroleum geologists.
Hardcover – 414 pages (Nov 2008)
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