Geologic history of Florida : major events that formed the Sunshine State
- Hine, Albert C.
- Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
- Physical description
- xx, 229 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
QE99 .H56 2013
- Unknown QE99 .H56 2013
- Williams, Carlie.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Florida defined
- Florida lost : wandering the globe and finding home (~700 Ma to ~200 Ma)
- The big split : formation of three oceans and the establishment of the Florida basement (~225 Ma to ~140 Ma)
- The carbonate factory cranks up : Florida being born from the sea (~160 Ma to present)
- An environmental crisis : drowning of the West Florida margin and development of the West Florida escarpment (~100 Ma to ~80 Ma)
- Clash of geologic terrains : colliding with Cuba (~56 Ma to ~40 Ma)
- Dissolution tectonics : sinkhole development (~140 Ma to present)
- Sands from the north : the quartz sand invasion (~30 Ma to present)
- Erosion in the ocean, marine fertility, and huge sharks : the Florida phosphate story (~22 Ma to ~5 Ma)
- The finish line in sight : approaching modern Florida and the emergence of South Florida (~2.5 Ma to ~10 ka)
- Publisher's Summary
- In this complete geologic history of the Sunshine State, Albert Hine takes the reader on a journey that begins with the breaking apart of Pangea and ends with the emergence of south Florida and the Keys; explaining the shape and form of the state as we know it today. Geologic History of Florida chronicles the creation of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, the western Atlantic Ocean, and other major events in Florida's geologic past. It looks back 160 million years, to a time when the ancient igneous and metamorphic basement rocks were covered by a large sedimentary carbonate platform nearly 3 miles thick, known as the Florida Platform. Today, Florida still rests upon this larger geologic feature, fifty percent of which is submerged. Consequently, the geologic story of the state includes what lies beneath the seafloor as much as it involves the land surface. Writing in a clear and accessible manner, Hine discusses the geologic changes of the Florida Platform, from dissolution tectonics, which formed great underwater caverns and sinkholes, to the plate collision with Cuba. Hine explains geological phenomenon like the influx of quartz-rich sand from the southern Appalachian Mountains that made Florida's white-sand beaches a destination for tourists from around the world. He examines the state's phosphate-rich deposits, which account for thirty percent of the world's phosphate production, and other hot-button issues such as oil drilling and climate change. With a glossary of essential terms at the end of each chapter, Geologic History of Florida will be an invaluable resource for geologists, students of Earth history, and anyone interested in how the Sunshine State physically came to be.
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- Publication date
- Albert C. Hine ; illustrated by Carlie Williams.