epeiric sea


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epeiric sea

[ə′pīr·ik ′sē]
(oceanography)
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Due to high global sea levels, epeiric seas covered large parts of the existing continents during most of the early Palaeozoic.
We tested the hypothesis that increased input of marine P to the epeiric sea might be correlated with global variations in oceanic bioproductivity.
George Group (lower Ordovician) of western Newfoundland: tidal flat island model for carbonate sedimentation in epeiric seas. Sedimentology 33, 313-343.
The vanishing record of epeiric seas, with emphasis on the late Cretaceous "Hudson Seaway." In: Crowley, T.J., and Burke, K.C., eds.
Facies models in modern systems are well portrayed and clearly explained for shelves, ramps, atolls, isolated oceanic islands, and epeiric seas. However, the author emphasizes that extending modern models into the ancient environment is not always successful, given that, among other things, many ancient carbonate deposits have no modern analogue.
The cross-bedded, skeletal, oncolitic grainstone facies, present in outcrops between 40 and 120 km to the north of Richmond, would represent depths of 6-18 m, in reasonable accord with estimates of normal wave base in epeiric seas (5-15 m; Brett et al.