EFFECTS OF BACKGROUND VOLCANISM ON AN EARLY JURASSIC CORAL REEF
In this study, we reconstruct the volcanic history of the Telkwa reef. By isolating background volcanism signals in sediment flanking the reef, the reef environment itself can be better understood. This will be achieved by using geochemical data derived from X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), isotopic geochemistry, and petrographic analysis of thin section slides. Isolating the background volcanism and coming to understand the volcanic history of the reef is paramount to understanding what environmental conditions allowed to reef to be ecologically successful despite the global biotic crisis. The Telkwa reef’s survival story not only allows for a greater understanding of coral recovery and the evolution of modern-style reef building, but may also offer insight into how modern coral may respond to the present-day coral crisis.