Modern Foraminifera

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 1999 - Science - 371 pages
The Foraminifera constitute the most diverse group of shelledmicroorganisms in modern seas. This book, designed as an unusuallywide-ranging, authoritative, graduate text, deals with thesystematics, cell biology, chamber construction, biogeography, ecology, shell geochemistry, and taphonomy of these fascinatingprotists. The chapter authors are recognized experts in their fields.The main theme concerns large-scale and small-scale patterns ofspecies distributions and the environmental processes that affectthese patterns. Critical first principles, whether derived frombiology, chemistry, or geology, are carefully explained."Audience: " Apart from meeting the requirements of courses inforaminiferal ecology, the book will serve well as the major referencein a general course on Foraminifera or one on foraminiferalpaleoecology. It will be of great value to graduate students, and alsoto professionals who are interested in using the sedimentary record offoraminiferal species to answer environmental, paleoenvironmental, orpaleoceanographical questions.
 

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Contents

Introduction to modern Foraminifera
3
Systematics of modern Foraminifera
7
Foraminifera A biological overview
37
Shell construction in modern calcareous Foraminifera
57
Quantitative methods of data analysis in foraminiferal ecology
71
FEATURES OF DISTRIBUTION
91
Biogeography of neritic benthic Foraminifera
93
Biogeography of planktonic Foraminifera
103
Foraminifera of oxygendepleted environments
199
Effects of marine pollution on benthic Foraminifera
215
GEOCHEMISTRY OF SHELLS
235
Stable oxygen and carbon isotopes in foraminiferal carbonate shells
237
Trace elements in foraminiferal calcite
257
PRESERVATION OF RECORD
277
Taphonomy and temporal resolution of foraminiferal assemblages
277
REFERENCES
295

Symbiontbearing Foraminifera
123
Foraminifera in marginal marine environments
141
Benthic foraminiferal microhabitats below the sedimentwater interface
159
Benthic Foraminifera and the flux of organic carbon to the seabed
179

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