The carbonate factory / May 15

Upon the time at the margin of the Silurian Appalachian Basin, the coral reefs and brachiopod communities were frequently destroyed by storm events. Enriched in tempestite beds they found their way to eternity. Our target of the day was continental shelf systems with their complex facies successions. After an extended introductory lecture, we went through the different depositional units from a dolomite channel fill sequence, across a mid-shelf storm beds, towards a micritic carbonate platform. With a great Valley and Ridge overlook in the background, we finally came up with a conceptual model of this old shelf in the Clinch Mountains.