Carbonates and Evaporites

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 226–240 | Cite as

Early ordovician microbial reef mounds of the tribes Hill formation, Mohawk Valley, New York

  • Gerald M. Friedman


Tribes Hill domal thrombolites, termed here microbial reef mounds, occupied the basal part of meter-scale shallowing-upward cycles. They are part of a high-energy facies that a sharp, transgressive surface, separates from an underlying low-energy peritidal setting. This erosional surface served as the surface on which one of the reef mounds established itself during initial transgression before further deepening. The others overlie a floor of skeletal grainstone reflecting a high-stand sea-level facies tract. Skeletal grainstone composes the fill between the mounds. One channel and several aggrading hummocks occupy inter-reef mound areas resulting from storm events in a subtidal setting.


Cambrian Ordovician Lithofacies Stromatolite Micrite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald M. Friedman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeologyBrooklyn College and Graduate School of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn
  2. 2.Northeastern Science Foundation affiliated with Brooklyn CollegeRensselaer Center of Applied GeologyTroy

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