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MGS-Hoffmeister 1964

Living and Fossil Reef Types of South Florida


J. Edward Hoffmeister, James I. Jones, John D. Milliman, Donald R. Moore, and H. Gray Multer


Welcome to south Florida! We hope you enjoy your visit and that the trip we have planned for you will be both interesting and rewarding. The following outline of activities will give you an idea of what to anticipate and will introduce you to the various topics to be covered. We hope that the background information provided here will help make the trip more meaningful and enjoyable.

The south Florida area provides a unique opportunity for the geologist to compare and contrast Recent and ancient patterns of carbonate sedimentation and reef development. We will visit a variety of living reefs and Recent sedimentary environments, after which you will be shown their fossil counterparts. We will attempt to demonstrate the environmental and biological relationships of the various features which you will observe as an aid in interpreting similar features when encountered in the geologic record. The following discussion has been largely adapted from field-trip guides by Ginsburg and Milliman.

We wish to thank the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of America for permission to reproduce the figures and tables used in this guidebook. Photographs are by J. Jones.

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