By Edward J. Petuch
Meteorology is my curiosity and occupation. Forecasting the incidence of rain isn't really sufficient for us. we have to realize the character of the outside that rain falls on, so one can estimate the results it's going to have as soon as it arrives. that suggests geology enters without delay into our concerns.
i assumed I had a solid thought of the geology of Florida. Now i do know another way. the tale of Florida during the last 35my is way extra complex than I imagined. Petuch and Roberts have defined this tale in nice element, they usually inform it in a manner not like the other geology e-book i've got learn.
Their reconstructions of the nation at periods over this period of time are illustrated with "simulated area commute photographs." those have been created through the use of images of analogous terrain current at the present time, pieced jointly in accordance the geological facts, then altered and retouched via electronic thoughts. those illustratins make it so easy to imagine the adjustments over the years, and as far as i do know they're unique.
The DVD accompanying the booklet takes the pictures and captions within the textual content, and concatenates them right into a movie-like series which fits even farther. those gains jointly have raised the bar for destiny works of this sort.
i purchased the e-book for our place of work down right here in Key West; i am hoping my colleagues locate it as invaluable as I. Now the place am i able to discover a time-machine to take me again a pair million years? THAT Florida feels like a desirable position for crusing, diving and fishing, specially in case you like scallops!
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Extra resources for The Geology of the Everglades and Adjacent Areas
The surviving fossils, however, are large and abundant and give a distinctive look to the upper Hawthorn beds. Examples of many of these are shown in Chapter 3, and some of the principal index genera include: Gastropoda Calusathais Globecphora Ecphora gardnerae species complex (thick-ribbed species) Zulloia Bivalvia Gigantostrea Ostrea compressirostra species complex Chesapecten palmyrensis-septenarius species complex Although known from a few rare specimens found in the younger Tamiami Formation, the scallop genus Chesapecten (large species in the Chesapecten middlesexensis-jeffersonius species complex) is especially common in, and is indicative of, Charlottean-aged fossil beds.
3 — The Dade Subsea (Rupelian and early Chattian Oligocene). Formed after the massive catastrophism of the late Eocene megatsunamis and meteor impacts (see Chapter 2), the Dade Subsea area contained the first geomorphological configuration that can be considered the predecessor of the Recent Floridian Peninsula. At this time, Florida consisted of a large, elongated island (Orange Island) that was separated from the Georgia mainland by a wide, shallow channel (the Suwannee Strait). As can be seen in this illustration, both the Suwannee Strait and the west coast of Orange Island contained extensive coral reef complexes.
SOUTHERN REGION Geologically the youngest part of the Everglades area, the Southern Region is dominated by a single feature, the Florida Keys. Dating from the Sangamonian Pleistocene, the Keys archipelago consists of four main sections, each classified by its lithologic composition. fm Page 7 Wednesday, March 7, 2007 1:11 PM Fundamentals of Everglades Geology 7 Coral Keys (running from Key Biscayne and Soldier Key to Plantation Key), the Low Coral Keys (running from Windley Key to Bahia Honda Key), the Oölite Keys (running from West Summerland and Big Pine Keys to Boca Grande Key, west of Key West), and the Distal Atolls (including the Marquesas Keys and the Dry Tortugas).