Demonstrate an understanding of the origin and meaning of carbonate sediments as contrasted with their siliciclastic counterparts by studying them in the field.
Be able to identify and interpret the meaning of basic carbonate grain types in modern carbonate sediment from the Bahamas and South Florida.
Collect and interpret samples from a range of modern tropical carbonate depositional environments including ooid shoals, tidal flats, reefs, lagoons, tidal channels, and open shelves.
Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
Be able to interpret the stratigraphy and facies of late Pleistocene parasequences as seen in outcrop and in subsurface GPR profiles.
Understand the diagenetic potential of modern carbonate sediments and the processes that turn them to rock as well as the effects of meteoric water on Pleistocene outcrops.