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PaleoReefs Database (PARED)

Kiessling, Wolfgang; Krause, Cristina

PARED has been developed by Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling since 1995 with the aim to collect data on Phanerozoic reefs in a standardized format and to use those data for tracing patterns and processes in reef development. PARED currently holds data on more than 4300 Phanerozoic reef sites with geological, geographical, and paleontological information on every reef. While mostly developed for research, the database is useful for tracing reefal oil reservoirs through time and space.

This upload is a simplified version with only the main reef builders, their age, coordinates, paleocoordinates, and the primary reference.

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You may request access to the files in this upload, provided that you fulfil the conditions below. The decision whether to grant/deny access is solely under the responsibility of the record owner.

Please use the PARED data only for non-commercial purposes.
The data is released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Please include in the justification field your academic affiliation (if you have one) and a brief description of your research topics and why you would like to use this dataset.

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