South Florida Coastal Depositional System
Virtual Field Trip (VFT)

Introduction

Virtual Field Trip Modules for Advanced Sedimentary Geology Courses

Module 1: Field Methods for Modern Sedimentology
This is the first of the five virtual field trip modules. This virtual trip introduces and demonstrates the field methods used in the following virtual field trips. These methods are also commonly used field methods for studying modern sedimentology. In addition to demonstrating the field methods, schemes of planning and preparing for the field based research are also introduced.

Module 2: High Energy Siliciclastic Barrier-Island System
This is the second of the five virtual field trip modules. This virtual trip is focused on high energy siliciclastic barrier island system along the Florida Atlantic coast. This virtual field trip makes several stops in various sub-environments along the barrier islands in southeast Florida. The sub-environments include beach and nearshore, back-beach, dunes, overwash platform in the barrier-island interior, mangrove swamp in the barrier-island interior and along the back-barrier bay, and intertidal zone of the back-barrier bay.

Module 3: Low Energy Siliciclastic Barrier-Island System
This is the third of the five virtual field trip modules on low energy siliciclastic barrier island system along the Florida Gulf of Mexico coast. This virtual field trip compares with virtual trip #2 along the high-energy Florida Atlantic coast. This virtual field trip makes several stops in various sub-environments along the very young barrier islands in southwest Florida (near the mouth of Tampa Bay). The sub-environments include beach and nearshore, back-beach, dunes, overwash platform in the barrier-island interior, mangrove and marsh swamp in the barrier-island interior and along the back-barrier bay, and intertidal zone of the back-barrier bay.

Module 4: Modern Carbonate Systems
This is the fourth of the five virtual field trip modules. This virtual trip is focused on modern carbonate systems in the Florida Keys. This virtual field trip makes several stops in various types of “sub-tidal carbonate factory”. The main goal of this virtual field trip is for student to understand that carbonate gains are produced in the warm shallow marine environment through biochemical processes, in contrast to weathering, transport (ultimately from outside the system), rework, and redistribution of siliciclastic sediment grains, as learned from the previous two virtual trips.

Module 5: Sea Level Records
This is the last of the five virtual field trip modules. This virtual field trip is focused on identifying and interpreting sea-level records, especially the MIS Stage 5e high sea level record preserved in the “beach rock” (the Anastasia Formation) and the ancient coral reefs (the Key Largo Formation).

Virtual Field Trip Modules for Advanced Sedimentary Geology Courses (USF)

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Virtual Field Trip Modules for
Introductory Courses (HCC)

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