Encyclopedia of Geobiology

2011 Edition
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Stromatactis

  • Roman Aubrecht
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9212-1_226

Definition

Stromatactis is defined as a mass of spar (with partial substitution of internal sediment) which has smooth base, digitate roof, occurs in swarms and has reticulate distribution (Bathurst, 1982). Neuweiler et al. ( 2001) distinguished the terms “stromatactis,” “inhibited stromatactis,” and “aborted stromatactis” (Figure 1). Stromatactis originated when early internal sedimentation occurred in the open space of the cavity network followed by centripetal cementation by early marine cements in residual cavity space. Aborted stromatactis resulted from internal sediment filling of the entire or near-entire original cavity network. Inhibited stromatactis refers to incipient marine cementation of the stromatactid cavity followed by entire or near-entire internal sediment filling.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roman Aubrecht
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  1. 1.Department of Geology and Paleontology Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia