Effect of Biogeochemical Diagenesis on Sediment Fabric in Shallow Marine Carbonate Sediments Near the Dry Tortugas, Florida
Shallow marine carbonate sediments near the Dry Tortugas undergo extensive biogeochemical diagenesis upon deposition, resulting in postdepositional fabric comprised of micritic aggregates of clay-sized particles, a matrix of peloidal mud, and intraparticular cementation. Freshly deposited primary skeletons, mostly Halimeda fragments, yield micritic aggregates of clay-sized particles, which then form peloidal mud fabric upon compaction. The cryptocrystalline particles produced by micritization are later replaced by high magnesian calcite. Cementation is observed in the intra-particular microenvironment. However, no inter-particular, grain-binding cement was detected throughout the gravity core samples investigated.
(1997). Effect of Biogeochemical Diagenesis on Sediment Fabric in Shallow Marine Carbonate Sediments Near the Dry Tortugas, Florida. Geo-Marine Letters, 17(4), 283-290.
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