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The extant shore platform stromatolite (SPS) facies association: a glimpse into the Archean?

Smith, Alan, Cooper, Andrew, Misra, Saumitra, Guastella, Lisa, Bharuth, V and Botes, Riaan (2018) The extant shore platform stromatolite (SPS) facies association: a glimpse into the Archean? Biogeosciences, 15 . pp. 2189-2203. [Journal article]

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URL: https://www.biogeosciences.net/15/2189/2018/

DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-2189-2018


Shore platform stromatolites (SPS) were first noted at Cape Morgan on the south-eastAfrican seaboard. Since then they have been found growing discontinuously in rockyperitidal zones along the entire southern African seaboard. They have also been found onthe southwest Australian coast, at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, and more recentlyat Harris on the Scottish Hebridean Atlantic coast. In this paper SPS occurrence and SPSpotential as analogues for Precambrian fossil stromatolites, as well as potential stromatolite occurrences in shore platform regions on Mars, are assessed. Sub-horizontal surfaces promote stromatolite development, while tufa develops on cliffs and steep rocky surfaces.Tufa and stromatolites are end members of a spectrum dictated by coastal topography.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:stromatolite, bioherm, intertidal, shore platform
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:39985
Deposited By: Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:19 Apr 2018 13:52
Last Modified:19 Apr 2018 13:52

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