Chapter 5. Rudist Formations of the Cretaceous: A Palaeoecological, Sedimentological and Stratigraphical Review

  1. V. Paul Wright
  1. Donald J. Ross1 and
  2. Peter W. Skelton2

Published Online: 9 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304534.ch5

Sedimentology Review/1

Sedimentology Review/1

How to Cite

Ross, D. J. and Skelton, P. W. (1993) Rudist Formations of the Cretaceous: A Palaeoecological, Sedimentological and Stratigraphical Review, in Sedimentology Review/1 (ed V. P. Wright), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304534.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology, University of Reading, PO Box 227, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 2AB, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Sun International Exploration and Production Company Ltd, Sun Oil House, 80 Hammersmith Road, London W14 8YS, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Earth Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 FEB 1993

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632031023

Online ISBN: 9781444304534



  • rudist formations of Cretaceous - palaeoecological, sedimentological and stratigraphical review;
  • depositional fabrics of rudist formations;
  • rudist formation physiography;
  • rudist shell diagenesis - elevator rudists showing calcitic outer shell layer and leached inner shell;
  • muddy-marly facies (packstones - wackestones);
  • Cretaceous rudist formations - stratigraphical history;
  • rudist morphotypes in Cretaceous (Hauterivian-Maastrichtian);
  • Turonian to early Campanian - partial re-establishment of rudist formations;
  • carbon reserves in rudist formations of Albian to Cenomanian interval


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The biota of rudist formations

  • Depositional fabrics of rudist formations

  • Physiography of rudist formations

  • The stratigraphical history of Cretaceous rudist formations

  • Hydrocarbon prospectivity of rudist formations

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References