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Christopher G. St C. Kendall & Abdulrahman Alsharhan 
Quaternary Carbonate and Evaporite Sedimentary Facies and Their Ancient Analogues 
A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman

This book is part of the International Associationof Sedimentologists (IAS) Special Publications.

The Special Publications from the IAS are a set of thematicvolumes edited by specialists on subjects of central interest tosedimentologists. Papers are reviewed and printed to the same highstandards as those published in the journal Sedimentologyand several of these volumes have become standard works ofreference.This volume commemorates the eclectic research of Douglas James Shearman into evaporites, which was initiated by his studies of theprograding UAE coastal sabkhas or salt flats that incorporateevaporite minerals which displace and replace earlier carbonatesediments. His subsequent proselytization of the study of ancientevaporites in sedimentary sections all over the world led tofundamental advances in our understanding of arid zone carbonatesedimentology.

The papers presented here are based on presentations made in Abu Dhabi, UAE 12-14th October 2004 and 7th -8th November 2006.They provide a retrospective from the 1960’s and 70’s of Holoceneevaporites and carbonates, recapturing Shearman’s contribution byrevisiting the Holocene coastal evaporite and carbonate sedimentsof the Arabian/Persian Gulf from Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Oman.

The first set of papers considers these sediments from theperspective of their coastal geomorphology, sedimentary characterand their geochemistry. Later papers examine the significance ofthese settings in the ancient geological section world-wide, including examples from the Mesozoic-Cenozoic of the Moroccan Atlantic margin and the Upper Jurassic Arab Formation of the Arabian Gulf.
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Dedication Douglas James Shearman (1918-2003): Father of thesabkha model (Evans, G.).

Introduction to Quaternary carbonate and evaporite sedimentaryfacies and their ancient analogues (Alsharhan, A.S. and Kendall, C.G.St.C.).

Part 1 Recent carbonate and evaporate sediments.

An historical review of the Quaternary sedimentology of the Gulf(Arabian/Persian Gulf) and its geological impact (Evans, G.).

Holocene geomorphology and recent carbonate-evaporitesedimentation of the coastal region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Kendall, C.G.St.C. and Alsharhan, A.S.).

The impact of sea-level change on ramp margin deposition:lessons from the Holocene sabkhas of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Park, R.K.).

Holocene evolution of Arabian coastal sabkhas: a re-evaluationbased on stable-isotope analysis, forty years after Shearman’s first view of the sabkha (Gunatilaka, A.).

Interplay between Holocene sedimentation and diagenesis, andimplications for hydrocarbon exploitation: return to the sabkha of Ras Umm Said, Qatar (Shinn, E.A.).

Facies stacking patterns in a modern arid environment: a casestudy of the Abu Dhabi sabkha in the vicinity of Al Qanatir Island, United Arab Emirates (Strohmenger, C.J., Shebl, H., Al-Mansoori, A., Al-Mehsin, K., Al-Jeelani, O., Al-Hosani, I., Al-Shamry, A. and Al-Baker, S.).

Coastal and continental sabkhas of Barr Al Hikman, Sultanate of Oman (Mettraux, M., Homewood, P.W., Kwarteng, A.Y. and Mattner, J.).

Coastal Holocene carbonates of Abu Dhabi, UAE: depositionalsetting, sediment distribution, and role of cyanobacteria inmicritization (Kendall, C.G.St.C. and Alsharhan, A.S.).

Engineering properties of the carbonate sediments along the Abu Dhabi coast, United Arab Emirates (Epps, R.J.).

Part 2 Geochemistry of recent carbonate and evaporitesediments.

An historical odyssey: the origin of solutes in the coastalsabkha of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Wood, W.W.).

Geochemistry and nature of organic matterof the Pleistocene-Holocene carbonate evaporate sediments of Al-Khiran, southeastern Kuwait (Qabazard, S., Abdullah, F.H. and Al-Temeemi, A.).

Halite, sulphates, sabkhat and salinas of the coastal regionsand Sabkha Matti of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Kirkham, A.).

Distribution of organic matter in the transgressive andregressive Holocene sabkha sediments of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Kenig, F.).

The role of bacterial sulphate reduction in carbonatereplacement of vanished evaporites: examples from the Holocene, Jurassic and Neoarchaean (Wright, D. and Kirkham, A.).

Part 3 Ancient carbonates and evaporites.

Evaporitic source rocks: mesohaline responses to cycles of”famine or feast” in layered brines(Warren, J.K.).

Coupled passive extension and compression on salt-based passivemargins analyzed by physical models (Costa, E., Cavozzi, C. and Doglioni, N.).

Salt tectonics and structural styles of the western High Atlasand the intersecting Essaouira-Cap Tafelney segments of the Moroccan Atlantic margin (Hafid, M., Bally, A.W., Ait Salem, Aand Toto, E.).

Carbonates and evaporites of the Upper Jurassic Arab Formation, Abu Dhabi: a petroleum exploration challenge (Al Suwaidi, A.S., El Hami, M., Hagiwara, H., Aziz, S.K. and Al Habshi, A.R.).

Selenite facies in marine evaporites: a review (Orti, F.).


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Christopher G. St. C. Kendall and Abdulrahman S. Alsharhan are the authors of Quaternary Carbonate and Evaporite Sedimentary Facies and Their Ancient Analogues: A Tribute to Douglas James Shearman, published by Wiley.
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