GEO 325X Geology of the Bahamas

Fall 2017


Instructor: Dr. Diana Boyer


Office: 212B Sims                                

Meeting times: W 2-3:30 In Sims 201

plus 10 day field component from Dec 27, 2017-Jan 5, 2018

Office Hours: Tues 2-3, Wed 9:30-11 and by appointment


More information is available through Blackboard


The below lecture schedule is subject to change:


Lecture Topics

Aug 23

Introduction to the Bahamas, where are they and what are they made of?

Aug 30

Introduction to sedimentology

Sept 6

Field Geology and sedimentary structures

Sept 13

Carbonate environments

Sept 20

Stratigraphy , measuring a section, field notebooks

Sept 27

Reefs and reef organisms

Oct 4

Discussion of San Salvador research

Oct 11

Grain size and descriptions

Oct 18

Fall Break

Oct 25

Ocean Acidification

Nov 1

Trash in the oceans

Nov 8

Swimming test

Nov 15


Nov 22

No Class Thanksgiving

Nov 29

Final prep for trip








Tentative schedule of activities on San Salvador-subject to change with weather and mood.





Dec 27



Overview lecture

Dec 28

Rocky Point

East Beach/Light house

Grain size lecture

Dec 29

Monument Beach

Sue Point/Dump Reef

Analyze data, Film brainstorm

Dec 30

East beach

East Beach/storm surge trash

Reef zonation, Critters and guilds

Dec 31


Sue point

Reef creatures

Jan 1

Boat trip to Gaulin reef

North Point, snorkel through grass flat

Abstract of shell project and reflections, predictions

Jan 2

Fossil reef

walk in town

facies, comparing modern and recent

Jan 3

Grotto beach

Grotto beach

Combined beach profile and histograms of means

Jan 4

Sandy Point

Ruins-fountain Hill/Shell time

Out to dinner

Jan 5