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The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas

  • Lists more than a 1000 index fossils with more than 400 fossils illustrated
  • Provides necessary geologic background for environmental, hydrologic, and soil scientists working in the Everglades and adjacent areas
  • Gives the first detailed overview of the paleoenvironments of the Everglades area, including depositional environments in prehistoric oceans, paleolakes, paleodeltas, and paleolagoons from the Eocene to the Holocene
  • Contains the first complete overview of the historical geology of the Everglades, from the effects of the Chesapeake Bay asteroid impact, through the development of the pseudoatoll coral reefs, to the modern Everglades marshlands
  • Includes the tools for field identification, dating, and determination of geologic units

By: Edward J Petuch(Author), Charles E Roberts(Author)

224 pages, 12 plates with colour photos; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, includes DVD-ROM

CRC Press

Hardback | Apr 2007 | #166155 | ISBN-13: 9781420045581
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About this book

Painting a complete picture of the history of the Everglades, The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas brings together theperspectives of various geoscientists to provides an overview of the geology, paleontology, and paleoceanography of the Everglades region. It emphasizes the upper 300 m of the geologic framework of the area and gives insight into the local stratigraphy, geomorphology, lithology, and historical geology. Building upon the geologic nomenclature and stratigraphic sequences set down by the Florida Geological Survey, the book includes redefinitions of some previously poorly known formations, the chronological fine-tuning of other poorly known units, and the description of 7 new members.

Designed to be a field guide as well as a reference, The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas is illustrated with photographs of exposed geologic sections, stratotype localities, collection sites, and details of interesting fossil beds. It contains 124 full-page illustrations with 69 black and white figures, 43 black and white plates of index fossils, and 12 full color plates of simulated space shuttle images of Florida's ancient seas and coastlines. This text is accompanied by a DVD-ROM that features animated maps along with a Power Point presentation of simulated space shuttle imagery of Eocene-to-Holocene Florida.

The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas is arranged by geologic time, ranging from the late Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene to the Holocene. The authors place lithostratigraphic descriptions of the geologic formations and members into this chronological framework, along with the paleogeography of the seas and lakes within which they were deposited. They also emphasize biostratigraphy with over 1000 index fossils listed and over 400 illustrated. The book brings together information previously spread through innumerable publications, saving you the time and effort it would take to assemble and cross-reference multiple sources.

"This book is destined to become the new standard reference work [...] The accompanying DVD carries a Quick Time movie showing an animated simulated space shuttle map of the development of the Florida peninsula from about 38 million years ago to the present [...] The authors have updated and revised the stratigraphic column for the Oligocene to Holocene sedimentary units of southern Florida. They have provided ample illustrations and faunal lists for index and guide fossils for these units, as well as detailed lithographic description, paleogeography, and paleoecology of all segments of the geologic column in the area. Recommended."
Choice, Vol. 45, No. 2

" [...] brings together the work of hydrologists, structural geologists, geophysicists, sedimentologists, geomorphologists, stratigraphers, and paleontologists into a single resource. This is the first comprehensive book on the subject [...] . [...] detailed insight into the local stratigraphy, geomorphology, lithology, and historical geology. The authors of this book have conducted field research within the Everglades and reported it in this book just at the right time."
–  Philip E. LaMoreaux in Environmental Geology, Volume 54, No. 2, 2008


Introduction: The Everglades, Final Landscape of the Okeechobean Sea

Fundamentals of Everglades Geology
History of Geologic Exploration in the Everglades
Geomorphology of the Everglades Region
Geologic Framework of the Everglades Region
Everglades Mollusk Ages and Relative Dating
Paleoceanography of the Everglades
Late Paleogene to Early Miocene Southern Florida
The Paleogeography of the Ocala Sea
Megatsunamis and the Everglades Unconformity
Paleogeography of the Dade Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Suwannee Formation, Vicksburg Group
Paleogeography of the Tampa Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Arcadia Formation, Hawthorn Group
Paleogeography of the Arcadia Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
Middle and Late Miocene to Early Pliocene Southern Florida
Paleogeography of the Polk Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Peace River Formation, Hawthorn Group
Paleogeography of the Charlotte Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Bayshore Formation, Hawthorn Group
The Paleogeography of the Murdock Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Murdock Station Formation, Hawthorn Group

Middle and Late Pliocene Southern Florida
Paleogeography of the Tamiami Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Tamiami Formation, Okeechobee Group
Latest Pliocene to Earliest Pleistocene Southern Florida
Paleogeography of the Caloosahatchee Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Caloosahatchee Formation, Okeechobee Group
The Nashua Formation, Okeechobee Group

Middle Pleistocene Southern Florida
Paleogeography of the Loxahatchee Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Bermont Formation, Okeechobee Group
Paleogeography of the Belle Glade Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
Late Pleistocene to Holocene Southern Florida
Paleogeography of the Lake Worth Subsea, Okeechobean Sea
The Fort Thompson Formation, Okeechobee Group
The Miami Formation, Okeechobee Group
The Anastasia Formation, Okeechobee Group
The Key Largo Formation, Okeechobee Group
The Surficial Complex
The Lake Flirt Formation, Surficial Complex
The Pamlico Formation, Surficial Complex


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