The Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs

  1. Maurice E. Tucker3 and
  2. Robin G. C. Bathurst4
  1. Noel P. James1 and
  2. Robert N. Ginsburg2

Published Online: 29 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304510.ch5

Carbonate Diagenesis

Carbonate Diagenesis

How to Cite

James, N. P. and Ginsburg, R. N. (1990) The Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs, in Carbonate Diagenesis (eds M. E. Tucker and R. G. C. Bathurst), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304510.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Geological Sciences, University of Durham, UK

  2. 4

    Derwen Deg Fawr, Llanfair DC, Ruthin, Clwyd, North Wales, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geological Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7N 3N6, Canada

  2. 2

    Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, University of Miami, Fisher Island Station, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 AUG 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632029389

Online ISBN: 9781444304510



  • extracts from Seaward Margin of Belize Barrier and Atoll Reefs;
  • reefs of Belize, representing largest reef complex;
  • steep reef-to-trench transition;
  • reef-crest derived sediments, prograding shelfward;
  • reef-to-basin transition, similar to ancient carbonate complexes;
  • margins of the Belize complex - sloping fore-reef and sloping fore-reef;
  • Halimeda-rich sand, forming steep sediment slope;
  • Aragonite cement, forming long needle-like crystals