Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 347–355 | Cite as

Early period of early Permian tubular cyanobacteria reef in the eastern part of south Qinling Mountains



A typical reef occurs in the eastern part of south Qinling Mountains in Sanlixia, Xunyang, Shaanxi Province. The reef, extending in north-south direction, was built up by various kinds of calcareous tubes includingGirvanella, tubular cyanobacteria and problem microbials. The bioclastic bank, built up by algal clasts, foraminiferous, and fusulinids, formed the reef basement, on which dasyclads baffle bioclasts formed the original bafflestone at a small scale on the reef basement, and then a mass of bindstone was made up by all kinds of calcareous tubes and algae. On lateral part the reef is cryptalgal mudstone. The reef that occurred in the geosynclinal area is so familiar with one of the platforms in many respects, such as in reef structure, morphology and building mold. This indicates that building organisms have amazing adaptability and identity for building capacity in the two kinds of geotectonic background mentioned above.


Permian Qinling Mountains reef tubular cyanobacteria building mode 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyNortheastern UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.Institute of GeologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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