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Carbonate mounds: from paradox to world heritage

Henriet, J.P. ; Hamoumi, N. ; Silva, A.C. Da ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Lauridsen, B.W. ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Rooij, D. Van

In: Marine Geology, 2014, vol. 352, p. 89–110

The recent marine carbonate world comprises two major compartments: (1) the surface domain of the photozoan carbonates, confined in space by water depth and by the penetration of light, and (2) a deep domain, where heterozoan mound-builder guilds directly forage on fluxes of nutrients, which primarily percolate from the photic zone and/or are generated by in situ benthic processes. Locally, giant...