Sedimentology and Ecology of Modern Carbonate Systems

Sedimentology and Ecology of Modern Carbonate Systems
Field course in the Caribbean emphasizing factors that produce carbonate sediments. Investigation of tidal flat to off-shore barrier reef environments and Pleistocene outcrops.
 Hours1.0 - 3.0 Credit, Arr Lecture, Arr Lab
 PrerequisitesGeol 370 or equivalent.
 TaughtWinter Contact Department
Course Outcomes


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.

Depositional Environments

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.