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Survey of more than 30 selected islands such as Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, coastal Yucatan, Barbados, the Caymans, Isla de Mona, islands of Polynesia, the Cooks, Guam, Niue, Nauru, Rottnest Island, the Houtman Abrolhos, islands of the Great Barrier Reef and many atolls including Enewetak, Tarawa, Diego Garcia, Mururoa, and the Cocos Islands. The book provides a wealth of observational data and a survey of interpretations on the issues within the intersection of carbonate geology (depositional architecture, diagenetic processes and dolomitization, Cenozoic sea-level history, karstification and blue holes) and island hydrology (distribution of fresh and brackish groundwater, dual-aquifer conceptualizations, modeling of island lenses, water budgets and water resources, effects of climatic variations, island karst, endo-upwelling).
Selected papers: Preface. Introduction: varieties of carbonate islands and historical perspective (H.L. Vacher). Geology and hydrogeology of Bermuda (H.L. Vacher, M.P. Rowe). Geology of the Bahamas (J.L. Carew, J.E. Mylroie). Geology and hydrogeology of the Florida Keys (R.B. Halley et al.). Geology of coastal islands, northeastern Yucatan Peninsula (W.C. Ward). Geology and hydrogeology of St. Croix, Virgin Islands (I.P. Gill et al.). Geomorphology and hydrogeology of selected islands of French Polynesia: Tikehau (Atoll) and Tahiti (Barrier Reef) (F. Rougerie et al.). Hydrogeology of northern Guam (J.F. Mink, H.L. Vacher). Geology of reef islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (D. Hopley). Hydrogeology of Diego Garcia (C.D. Hunt).