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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geology | Microfacies of Carbonate Rocks - Analysis, Interpretation and Application

Microfacies of Carbonate Rocks

Analysis, Interpretation and Application

Flügel, Erik

2004, XXXVIII, 976 p.


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  • Nearly 400 instructive plates and figures (30 in color) showing thin-section photographs with detailed explanations form a central part of the content.
  • Completely updated and corrected and includes new chapters and a fully updated reference list.
  • An unparelleled reference that synthesizes the methods used in microfacies analysis and details the potential of microfacies in evaluating depositional environments and diagenetic history, and, in particular, the application of microfacies data in the study of carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs and the provenance of archaeological materials.
The objective of this book is to provide a synthesis of • presents diagnostic features and highlights the sig­ the methods used in microfacies studies of carbonate nificance of microfacies criteria, rocks and to show how the application of microfacies • stresses the biological controls of carbonate Sedi­ sturlies has contributed to new developments in car­ mentation and provides an overview on the most bonate geology. In contrast with other textbooks on car­ common fossils found in thin sections of limestones, bonate sedimentology this book focuses on those com­ discusses the relationships between diagenetic pro­ positional and textural constituents of carbonates that cesses, porosity and dolomitization, reflect the depositional and diagenetic history and de­ • demonstrates the importance of microfacies for es­ termine the practical usefulness of carbonate rocks. tablishing and evaluating sequence Stratigraphie The chapters are written in such a way, that each frameworks and depositional models, one can be used as text in upper level undergraduate • underlines the potential of microfacies in differenti­ and graduate courses. The topics of the book also ap­ ating paleoclimate changes and tracing platform-ba­ ply to research workers and exploration geologists, sin relationships, and looking for current information on developments in the • demonstrates the value of microfacies analysis in use of microfacies analysis. evaluating reservoir rocks and Iimestone resources, Since microfacies studies are based on thin sections, as well as its usefulness in archaeological prov­ instructive plates showing thin-section photographs ac­ enance studies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Carbonate rocks - Facies - Microfacies analysis - Microstructures - Palaeontology - Sediment - Sedimentation - diagenesis - fabric

Related subjects » Fossil Fuels - Geology

Table of contents 

1 New Perspectives in Microfacies.- 2 Carbonate Depositional Environments.- Microfacies Analysis.- 3 Methods.- 4 Microfacies Data: Matrix and Grains.- 5 Microfacies Data: Fabrics.- 6 Quantitative Microfacies Analysis.- 7 Diagenesis, Porosity, and Dolomitization.- 8 Classification — A Name for Your Sample.- 9 Limestones are Biological Sediments.- 10 Fossils in Thin Section: It is Not That Difficult.- Microfacies Interpretation.- 11 Summarizing Microfacies Criteria: Microfacies Types.- 12 Recognizing Paleoenvironmental Conditions.- 13 Integrated Facies Analysis.- 14 Depositional Models. Facies Zones and Standard Microfacies.- 15 Basin Analysis: Recognizing Depositional Settings.- 16 Realizing Depositional Constraints and Processes.- Practical Use of Microfacies.- 17 Reservoir Rocks and Host Rocks.- 18 Carbonate Rock Resources, Facies, Weathering, Preservation.- 19 Microfacies and Archaeology.- 1 Answers to Exercises.- 2 Looking at the Attached CD.- 2.1 Comparison Charts.- 2.2 Using the List of References.- 3 Permissions.

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