Economic Importance of Coralline Carbonates

  • Giovanni Coletti
  • Daniela Basso
  • Alfredo Frixa
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 15)


Carbonate materials are important economic resources: limestones are excellent reservoirs and valuable building stones; unconsolidated sediments may be used as a viable source of calcium carbonate for soil conditioning. Since Late Cretaceous coralline algae are one of the most important shallow-water carbonate producers. Sediment production and deposition in carbonate platforms are controlled by physical, chemical and biotic factors. Chemical and biotic factors rule over sediment texture, composition, distribution and early diagenetic processes, and consequently they have a major impact over limestone properties after diagenesis, especially over porosity and permeability. Porosity and permeability in turn control limestone mechanical properties, its durability and its reservoir potential. Thus, understanding the factors controlling formation and fate of coralline-algal carbonate factories is necessary for both sustainable management of the coralline-dominated marine habitats and profitable exploitation of reservoirs and quarries.


Coralline Alga Benthic Foraminifer Hydrocarbon Exploration Pore Interconnection Asmari Formation 
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The authors acknowledge the COCARDE – European Research Network (ESF) for the opportunity to discuss and share the knowledge and the concepts that inspired this manuscript. We would like to thank an anonymous referee for his constructive revision of an early draft of the manuscript, and Alessandro Cavallo, Milano-Bicocca University, for his useful suggestions and support. The first author has been funded through a PhD fellowship from University of Milano-Bicocca.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Coletti
    • 1
  • Daniela Basso
    • 2
  • Alfredo Frixa
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e del Territorio e di Scienze della TerraUniversità di Milano BicoccaMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniv. of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.GeologistSan Giuliano MilaneseItaly

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