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The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas

1st Edition

By Edward J. Petuch, Charles Roberts

CRC Press

240 pages | 12 Color Illus. | 115 B/W Illus.

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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 book 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 CD-ROM that features animated maps along with a Power Point presentation of simulated space shuttle imagery of Eocene-to-Holocene Florida.

The book 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

Table of Contents

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

References Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology