Triassic Reefs of the Tethys

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 17)


The evolution of Triassic reefs started with a long-lasting global crisis of the metazoan reef ecosystem after the Permian—Triassic mass extinction (about 12 Ma), followed by a relatively rapid recovery during the Middle Triassic. Reef systems were differentiated during the Upper Triassic but were severely affected by a global crisis at the Triassic—Jurasic boundary. The present contribution is focused on the biological controls of Triassic reefs, particularly in the Tethyan realm, and on the major changes in reef ecosystems recorded by differences in reef types and reef biota. The term “reef” as used in this chapter refers to bioconstructions characterized by (1) biological control during the formation of the structure (predominantly by sessile benthic organisms), (2) a laterally restricted topographic relief, and (3) (inferred) rigidity of the structure.


Middle Triassic Northern Calcareous Microbial Crust Reef Mound Triassic Reef 
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  1. 1.Institute of PaleontologyUniversity Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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