MacNeil, F. Stearns (1909-1983)

Hopley, David (2011) MacNeil, F. Stearns (1909-1983). In: Hopley, David, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Modern Coral Reefs: structure, form and process. Encyclopedia of Earth Science . Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 647-648.

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Abstract

[Extract] Darwin's 1842 model for atoll development provoked numerous alternative ideas including antecedent platforms, eustatic sea level oscillations, and integrated hypotheses. Japanese researchers were the first to consider that modern reefs are growing on limestone platforms exposed to sub-aerial weathering during lower sea level periods of the Pleistocene (Asano, 1942; Yabe, 1942; Tayama, 1952). Their papers, however, were largely ignored or dismissed (e.g., Umbgrove, 1947) until the ideas were redeveloped in the American literature. Initially Stearns (1946) believed that variations in sea level were major factors in producing the relief of atolls and in particular, internal unconformities where the reef limestone was eroded or exposed during low sea levels.

Item ID: 19083
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-90-481-2639-2
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 01:31
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040601 Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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