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Université de Fribourg

Corals on the slope (Aptian, Maestrat Basin, Spain)

Bover-Arnal, Telm ; Löser, Hannes ; Moreno-Bedmar, Josep Anton ; Salas, Ramon ; Strasser, André

In: Cretaceous Research, 2012, p. -

The term “reef” has been frequently misused when applied to fossil coral communities. Our popular but biased view of coral community structure based on the idyllic picture of recent tropical reefs has failed to recognize that, in many fossil examples, alternative states of community structure with no or limited framework may occur. The Aptian colonial scleractinians analysed in the western...

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Late Eocene transgressive sedimentation in the western Swiss Alps: Records of autochthonous and quasi-autochthonous biofacies on a karstic rocky shore

Bover-Arnal, Telm ; Jaramillo-Vogel, David ; Showani, Aso ; Strasser, André

In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2011, vol. 312, no. 1-2, p. 24-39

Carbonate karst unconformities represent primary sequence-stratigraphic boundaries but, where sealed by marine sedimentary successions, also signify ancient rocky shores. During the Late Eocene (Priabonian), a shallow sea flooded the deeply karstified and brecciated Cretaceous carbonate bedrocks of the western Swiss Alps. Transgression resulted in the formation of a rocky archipelago of basement...