2nd Edition

Ancient Seas of Southern Florida The Geology and Paleontology of the Everglades Region

    284 Pages 151 Color & 32 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    284 Pages 151 Color & 32 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The authors have done an outstanding job of compiling decades of data collected by their own field reconnaissance and other geoscientists… This represents a significant contribution to the understanding of the development of the Florida carbonate platform, and it will assist other disciplines as they strive for better understanding of our groundwater resources, aquifer characterizations, paleoenvironmental interpretations, and historical/educational geology programs.

    Walt Schmidt, Florida State Geologist & Chief, Florida Geological Survey, USA (praise for the first edition)

    Painting a complete picture of the history of the Everglades, Ancient Seas of Southern Florida: The Geology and Paleontology of the Everglades Region, Second Edition provides an overview of the geology, paleontology, and paleoceanography of the region. It emphasizes the upper 300m of the geologic framework of the area and gives insight into the local stratigraphy, geomorphology, lithology, and historical geology. Designed to be a field guide as well as a reference, the book is illustrated in full color with brand new photographs of exposed geologic sections, stratotype localities, collection sites, and details of interesting fossil beds.

    In this book, the authors illustrate almost 800 of the most important and diagnostic stratigraphic index fossils found in these beds, including over 50 species of corals and almost 700 species of mollusks, along with echinoderms, crustaceans, echinoids, petrified wood, and aquatic vertebrates. A new edition of The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas, it contains larger images of fossil shells, corals, and echinoderms and includes new updated geological data and concepts, as well as an expanded iconography of stratigraphic index fossils. Based on the data gleaned from these fossils, it also offers a series of geomorphological visualizations, showing the possible appearances of the Florida Peninsula during the times when it was covered by tropical seas, from the Oligocene to the late Pleistocene.

    This second edition provides a new perspective on both the historical geology of southern Florida and the evolution of one of America’s most beautiful natural treasures, the Everglades.

    1. Fundamentals of Southern Florida Geology and Paleoceanography. 2. The Dade Subsea (Suwannee Formation). 3. The Tampa Subsea (Arcadia Formation). 4. The Polk, Charlotte, and Murdock Subseas (Peace River, Bayshore, and Murdock Formations). 5. The Tamiami Subsea (Tamiami Formation: Buckingham, Pinecrest, and Ochopee Members). 6. The Tamiami Subsea (Everglades Pseudoatoll). 7. The Tamiami Subsea (Tamiami Formation: Fruitville Member). 8. The Caloosahatchee Subsea (Caloosahatchee Formation). 9. The Nashua Lagoon System (Nashua Formation). 10. The Loxahatchee Subsea (Bermont Formation: Holey Land Member). 11. Lake Okeelanta and the Belle Glade Subsea (Bermont Formation: Okeelantaand Belle Glade Members). 12. The Lake Worth Subsea (Fort Thompson Formation). 13. The Lake Worth Subsea (Key Largo, Miami, and Anastasia Formations).


    Edward J. Petuch is Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University. His research spans the geology, biostratigraphy, and invertebrate paleontology of the Floridian Peninsula and the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the systematics, ecology, and biogeography of the western Atlantic mollusks (both fossil and recent) and biotic catastrophe and extinction theory, paleoceanography, and paleoclimatology.

    David P. Berschauer was the Chief Research Editor of the Southwestern Law Review and has published articles in both law and science. He is the Editor of the journal "The Festivus" out of the San Diego Shell Club, now one of the world's top shell journals/magazines. Mr. Berschauer has been practicing law for over twenty years serving the community in South Orange County.