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Coordinated taphonomic, geochronologic, and geochemical studies of bivalve death assemblages and their sedimentary environments of San Blas, Caribbean Panama, permit us to identify the major factors controlling skeletal degradation in mixed carbonate-siliciclastic tropical shelf sediments. Ten sites were studied along environmental gradients including water(More)
By comparing the Sr isotopic composition of migratory fossil salmon, which lived in the ocean but died in continental regions, to the well established marine Sr isotopic record, the age of the continental deposit could be determined with high accuracy. This approach to marine-continental correlation and dating requires (1) that marine-resident salmon bear a(More)
Magnesian calcite overgrowth containing 4 (+/- 2) mole percent magnesium carbonate forms on calcite exposed to natural seawater near the ocean surface. This magnesian calcite is approximately 30 percent less soluble in seawater than pure calcite. The formation of the magnesian calcite of reduced solubility may have a major influence on calcite accumulation(More)
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