Book chapter

Stromatolite and serpulid bioherms in a holocene restricted lagoon (Sabkha el Melah, Southeastern Tunisia)

Published inPhanerozoic Stromatolites II, Editors Bertrand-Sarfati, Janine & Monty, Claude, p. 131-151
PublisherDordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publ.
Publication date1994

The Sebkha el Melah, located near the Libyan-Tunisian border, is fringed by a relict stromatolite-serpulid belt. These bioherms developed 5500 years ago during the Flandrian sea-level highstand when the area of the present-day sebkha was covered by a wide restricted lagoon. Relict lagoonal beaches and spits, mainly composed of cerebroid ooids and cerithid gastropods, are flanked by mushroom-shaped stromatolites reaching up to 50 cm in height. These stromatolites grew on top of small serpulid bioherms as well as on top of beachrock and beachrock blocks in a shallow subtidal pre-evaporitic realm. The primary porosity of these bioherms is obliterated by botryoidal and spherulitic aragonite, probably of microbial origin. This sub-Recent association of stromatolites, serpulid bioherms and cerebroid ooids provides a useful additional model for the interpretation of upper Paleozoic deposits, where similar facies have been described.

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DAVAUD, Eric Jean, STRASSER, Andréas, JEDOUI, Younes. Stromatolite and serpulid bioherms in a holocene restricted lagoon (Sabkha el Melah, Southeastern Tunisia). In: Phanerozoic Stromatolites II. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publ., 1994. p. 131–151.
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