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High-Latitude Bioerosion: The Kosterfjord Experiment


Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 109)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Pages 1-36
  3. Pages 37-42
  4. Pages 49-114
  5. Pages 157-167
  6. Pages 169-170
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-202

About this book


Bioerosion is the major force driving the degradation of marine skeletal carbonates and limestone coasts. A wide spectrum of mechanical and/or chemical boring, scraping or crushing organisms break down calcereous substrates, comprising various grazers, macroborers and especially microborers.  Their traces on and within hard substrates are known from fossil carbonates as old as the Precambrian and serve as valuable palaeoenvironmental indicators. Bioerosion processes have been extensively studied in tropical seas, while corrsponding investigations from cold-temperate to polar settings remain sparse. For the first time, an experimental study yields insight into the pace of carbonate degradation and the chronology of boring community development along a bathymetric gradient in a high-latitude setting.


Actuopalaeontology Bioerosion Carbonates Erosion Ichnology Taphonomy environment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PalaeontologyErlangenGermany

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