Field guidebook to the reefs and geology of Grand Cayman Island, B. W. I.

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Atlantic Reef Committee, University of Miami, May 1, 1977 - Nature - 41 pages
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The relatively small island of Grand Cayman, located some 240 km south of Cuba and approximately the same distance northwest of Jamaica, is the field seminar study site. Its variety of both Recent and Pleistocene carbonates provides an excellent opportunity for studying a spatially coherent group of carbonate environments that can be examined in a minimum of time and travel. The sedimentary deposits of which Grand Cayman is composed are exclusively carbonates derived from a broad spectrum of environments. These sediments display an extensive array of textures, constituent particles, and diagenetic alterations that are the resultants of combined physical, chemical, and biological processes. Catastrophic events, such as storms and sea level fluctuations, help shape both Recent and Pleistocene sedimentary deposits. (Author).

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Fringing Mangrove Swamps
8
Rock Floor
14
Lower ForeReef Terrace
21
INTERTIDAL CARBONATE CEMENTATION
29
CARBONATE CRUSTS
37

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