Field Course on "Carbonate Geology of Florida Bay, the Keys and Reef Tract"
Gene Shinn, Bob Halley, and Al Hine (University of South Florida) taught a field course on "Carbonate
Geology of Florida Bay, the Keys and Reef Tract" April 19th-22nd for 25 participants. The course was
sponsored by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and was run in conjunction with the American
Association of Petroleum Geologists annual meeting in New Orleans. The class consisted of about half
graduate students and half employed professionals from the United States, Canada, England, and
Germany. Course topics included ecology and sedimentology of lagoons, shelves and reefs, geology
of the Florida Keys, and sequence stratigraphy of carbonate shelf margins. The group spent a day in
Florida Bay (the lagoon day), a day on the Florida Keys (the rocks day), and a day on shelf (the reef day).
Despite the fact that coral reefs in the Florida Keys have declined steadily during the past two decades,
participants still found the reef day the highlight of the trip. That is because the weather was good and the
water was clear and regardless of the condition of the corals, the Florida reef tract is a spectacular place.
Gene Shinn (standing, fifth from right)
lecturing to participants "resting" on Rodriguez Bank adjacent to Rodriguez Key.
in this issue:
Puerto Rico OBS Study
Gulf of Mexico Shelf-Edge Habitats
Barataria Barrier-Shoreline Study
Menlo Park Open House
Dress for Success
Nat'l Weather Service Open House
New England Coastal Issues
Coral Reef Studies
South Florida Restoration
Florida Keys Field Course
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