Contributors, vii Acknowledgements, ix About the Companion Website, xi 1 Introduction to the Field Guide, 1 Jim Best & Paul B. Wignall 2 The Shannon Basin: Structural Setting and Evolution, 16 John Graham 3 Basin Models, 35 Paul B. Wignall & Jim Best 4 Lower Carboniferous of the Shannon Basin Region, 48 Ian D. Somerville 5 Visean Coral Biostromes and Karsts of the Burren, 79 Ian D. Somerville 6 The Clare Shales, 97 Paul B. Wignall, Ian D. Somerville & Karen Braithwaite 7 Architecture of a Distributive Submarine Fan: The Ross Sandstone Formation, 112 David R. Pyles & Lorna J. Strachan 8 Evolving Depocentre and Slope: The Gull Island Formation, 174 Lorna J. Strachan & David R. Pyles 9 The Tullig and Kilkee Cyclothems in Southern County Clare, 240 Jim Best, Paul B. Wignall, Eleanor J. Stirling, Eric Obrock & Alex Bryk 10 The Tullig and Kilkee Cyclothems of Northern County Clare, 329 Paul B. Wignall, Jim Best, Jeff Peakall & Jessica Ross 11 The Younger Namurian Cyclothems around Spanish Point, 350 Paul B. Wignall & Jim Best Appendix: List of GigaPan Images, 361 References, 362 Index, 371
Jim Best holds the Jack and Richard Threet Chair in Sedimentary Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and has research interests in process sedimentology and the dynamics of alluvial, lacustrine, deltaic and deep-sea environments. His work concerns experimental research and field studies in both modern and ancient environments, including fieldwork in Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Cambodia, Chile, New Zealand and the UK. Paul Wignall is Professor of palaeoenvironments at the University of Leeds, UK, and his principal research interests lie in the origin and characteristics of mass extinction events in the geological record. He has also pioneered research in mudrocks and palaeoenvironmental change in ancient oceans, and has conducted field work across the globe, including Canada, China, Greenland, Svalbard, Poland, Tibet, USA and the UK. Jim Best and Paul Wignall have also led student, academic and industrial field trips to, as well as conducted research in, the Shannon Basin of Western Ireland for over 25 years.