Handbook for the study and description of microbialites

Handbook for the study and description of microbialites

Author: Grey, KAwramik, S

Series Number: 147

Publication date: 20 April 2020

Format: Book

Type: Bulletin 147

Year: 2020

Pages: 290



Product details

  • Microbialites represent one of the oldest forms of life on Earth, and the most abundant form of early life available for scientific study. There has long been a need for a more rational and consistent approach to how stromatolites and other microbialites are described and recorded in the literature, which is met in this new textbook on microbialite study and terminology. 

    Major features
    The handbook, the result of five decades of work and expertise by the two world-renowned authors, aims to be a highly practical guide for both experienced and new microbialite workers by: 
    • its extensive use of conceptual diagrams and large format colour photos to illustrate the key features of microbialites
    • showcasing microbialites in the field, and in the extensive collections of GSWA, University of California Santa Barbara, and other institutions
    • collating and distilling worldwide expertise across many geographic and stratigraphic settings for microbialites, ancient and modern
    • proposing a Code of Microbialite Nomenclature to resolve a serious disadvantage to existing and future microbialite systematics.

  • Geological ages
    Archean, Cambrian, Carboniferous, Cenozoic, Cretaceous, Cryogenian, Devonian, Ediacaran, Eoarchean, Eocene, Holocene, Indeterminate, Jurassic, Mesoarchean, Mesoproterozoic, Mesozoic, Miocene, Neoarchean, Neogene, Neoproterozoic, Oligocene, Ordovician, Paleoarchean, Paleocene, Paleogene, Paleoproterozoic, Paleozoic, Permian, Phanerozoic, Pleistocene, Pliocene, Precambrian, Proterozoic, Quaternary, Silurian, Tertiary, Tonian, Triassic

  • Keywords
    Microbialite, stromatolite, thrombolite, leiolite, dendrolite, microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS), history, taxonomy, taxonomic code, nomenclature, descriptive terminology, morphology, definitions, methods, field geology, specimen collection, laboratory preparation, standards, technical writing, bioherms, megastructure, macrostructure, mesostructure, microstructure, microbiological processes

  • Broad Terms