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- DescriptionThis book will help readers learn the basic skills needed to study microfossils especially those without a formal background in paleontology. It details key principles, explains how to identify different groups of microfossils, and provides insight into their potential applications in solving geologic problems. Basic principles are addressed with examples that explore the strengths and limitations of microfossils and their geological records. This overview provides an understanding of taphomy and quality of the fossil records, biomineralization and biogeochemistry, taxomy, concepts of species, and basic concepts of ecology. Readers learn about the major groups of microfossils, including their morphology, ecology, and geologic history. Coverage includes: foraminifera, ostracoda, coccolithophores, pteropods, radiolaria, diatoms, silicoflagellates, codonts, diflagellates, acritarch, and spores and pollens. In this coverage, marine microfossils, and particularly foraminifera, are discussed in more detail compared with the other groups as they continue to play a major role in most scientific investigations. Among the various tracers of earth history, microfossils provide the most diverse kinds of information to earth scientists. This richly illustrated volume will help students and professionals understand microfossils, and provide insight on how to work with them to better understand evolution of life, and age and the paleoenvironment of sedimentary strata.
- Author BiographyPratul Kumar Saraswati is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has been teaching micropaleontology, paleontology and petroleum geosciences related courses for the past 25 years. As a biostratigrapher in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation he was also involved in hydrocarbon exploration in India. M. S. Srinivasan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology at Banaras Hindu University. He established the micropaleontology laboratory at BHU and initiated both teaching and research programme in micropaleontology and paleoceanography. His active participation in the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and other international scientific cruises boosted deep sea research in India.
- Author(s)Pratul Kumar Saraswati
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication18/12/2015
- SubjectEarth Sciences
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Note75 black & white illustrations, 14 colour illustrations, 14 colour tables, biography
- Weight520 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byM. S. Srinivasan
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