Special Issue "Microbialites: Preservation of Extant and Extinct Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Microbialites are organosedimentary deposits formed through the mineralization of benthic microbial mats and/or trapping and binding of sedimentary particles. These structures are abundant in modern—sometimes/often extreme—shallow to deep, freshwater to marine environments, and are common in the fossil record. Consequently, microbialites constitute an invaluable archive of Earth’s past surface and subsurface conditions. The last two decades have seen an emergence of studies focusing on microbe–mineral interactions and the formation of microbial sedimentary fabrics. More recently, early diagenetic processes have also gained research attention. Many recent advances in methodology allow for a better understanding of microbialite formation, from initial development to evolution during early and late diagenesis. The understanding of preservation processes of modern microbial mats, focusing on biotic-abiotic interactions, may facilitate a better interpretation of the fossil record.
This Special Issue combines research on fossil and modern microbialites with a broad focus including sedimentology, (bio)geochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, geomicrobiology, ecology and mineralogy. The main objectives are to review recent and ongoing developments in this field in order to: (i) refine the understanding of microbialite formation in modern sedimentary environments to (ii) increase the understanding of (the modalities of their) preservation mechanisms to (iii) ultimately improve the interpretation of the fossil record.
The first round of submission deadline was 30 November 2018.Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Vennin
Prof. Dr. Pieter T. Visscher
Dr. Raphaël Bourillot
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- biotic/abiotic processes