Quaternary Carbonate and Evaporite Sedimentary Facies and Their Ancient Analogues
A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman (Special Publication 43 of the IAS)
Christopher G. St C. Kendall & Abdulrahman Alsharhan
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The Special Publications from the IAS are a set of thematicvolumes edited by specialists on subjects of central interest tosedimentologists. Papers are reviewed and printed to the same highstandards as those published in the journal
This volume commemorates the eclectic research of Douglas JamesShearman into evaporites, which was initiated by his studies of theprograding UAE coastal sabkhas or salt flats that incorporateevaporite minerals which displace and replace earlier carbonatesediments. His subsequent proselytization of the study of ancientevaporites in sedimentary sections all over the world led tofundamental advances in our understanding of arid zone carbonatesedimentology.
The papers presented here are based on presentations made in AbuDhabi, UAE 12-14th October 2004 and 7th –8th November 2006.They provide a retrospective from the 1960's and 70's of Holoceneevaporites and carbonates, recapturing Shearman's contribution byrevisiting the Holocene coastal evaporite and carbonate sedimentsof the Arabian/Persian Gulf from Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Oman.
The first set of papers considers these sediments from theperspective of their coastal geomorphology, sedimentary characterand their geochemistry. Later papers examine the significance ofthese settings in the ancient geological section world-wide,including examples from the Mesozoic-Cenozoic of the MoroccanAtlantic margin and the Upper Jurassic Arab Formation of theArabian Gulf.