Geology of the Bahamas Draft #1

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By learning about the geology of the Bahamas, an understanding of why the islands are the way they are today can be gained. An explanation of why the Bahamas are referred to as carbonate islands. Learning the geological conditions under which the Bahamas formed will help explain the subsurface hydrology and why karsts form. Also, the geological features on the Bahamas will show how easily the islands are eroded and show the effect on the continental shelf around the islands.

I. Introduction
a. State why geology is important to the Bahamas
b. Define basic geology terms
II. Tectonic evolution
III. Subsurface stratigraphy
IV. Modern depositional systems
V. Geomorphology
a. Shaping of the landscapes
b. Karst processes
c. Coastal effects and erosion
VI. Modern landscapes and how the geology of the islands factors into the formation
a. Depositional and erosion rates
b. Formation of carbonate dunes and the resulting effects
c. “Stillstand” Phase

Vacher, H.L., and T.M. Quinn, eds. Geology and Hydrogeology of Carbonate Islands. New York: Elsevier, 1997.

Kennett, James. Marine Geology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice - Hall, 1982.

Marshak, Stephen, and Gautam Mitra. Basic Methods of Structural Geology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice - Hall 1982.

Multer, H. Gray. Field Guide to Some Carbonate Rock Environments: Florida Keys and Western Bahamas. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1977.

Ginsburg, Robert N., ed. Subsurface Geology of a Prograding Carbonate Platform Margin, Great Bahama Bank: Results of the Bahamas Drilling Project. Tulsa: Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2001.

Lidz, Barbara, and Peter R. Rose. Diagnostic Foraminiferal Assemblage of Shallow – Water Modern Environments: South Florida and the Bahamas. Miami: University of Miami, 1977.

Robinson, Matthew C., and Vincent Voegeli. Gerace Research Center. 2002. Gerace Research Center. March 30th, 2006. .

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