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The Geology of Florida
Randazzo, Anthony F.
Publication Information:
Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, [1997]

Physical Description:
xviii, 327 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Geomorphology and physiography of Florida / Walter Schmidt -- Tectonic evolution and geophysics of the Florida basement / Douglas L. Smith and Kenneth M. Lord -- Geochemistry and origin of Florida crustal basement terranes / Ann L. Heatherington and Paul A. Mueller -- The sedimentary platform of Florida: Mesozoic to Cenozoic / Anthony F. Randazzo -- Miocene to Holocene history of Florida / Thomas M. Scott -- Hydrogeology of Florida / James A. Miller -- The marine invertebrate fossil record of Florida / Douglas S. Jones -- Fossil mammals of Florida / Bruce J. MacFadden -- The economic and industrial minerals of Florida / Guerry H. McClellan and James L. Eades -- Geology of the Florida coast / Richard A. Davis Jr. -- Structural and paleoceanographic evolution of the margins of the Florida platform / Albert C. Hine -- Origin and paleoceanographic significance of Florida's phosphorite deposits / John S. Compton -- Environmental geology of Florida / Sam B. Upchurch and Anthony F. Randazzo -- Geology of the Florida Keys / Anthony F. Randazzo and Robert B. Halley.
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"A significant contribution to our knowledge of Florida geology. . . . A state-of-the-art volume that will serve as a model for other university presses to follow."--Paul A. Thayer, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

"A marvelous and timely overview of the geology of Florida . . . assembled by some of the state's best geoscientists."--Henry T. Mullins, Syracuse University

The first comprehensive geology of the state of Florida published in over thirty years, this volume brings together leading geoscience authorities from academia, state and federal geological surveys, and private industry in a liberally illustrated, up-to-date summary and analysis.

Early chapters introduce the origin and development of the unique landscape of the Florida peninsula and panhandle. Succeeding chapters cover geomorphology, stratigraphy, plate tectonics, petrology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, geologic history, economic geology, coastal and marine geology, and environmental geology.

With the longest coastline of any state except Alaska and a geology noted for its rich fossil record and abundance of living coral reefs, mineral deposits, springs, and sinkholes, Florida's identity--past, present, and future--is linked intrinsically to its landscape. The definitive reference for that landscape, The Geology of Florida illustrates the importance of basic geological research and its application to issues facing a society that places increasing demands upon its physical world.

Anthony F. Randazzo is professor of geology at the University of Florida and author of numerous articles in Sedimentary Geology, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, American Scientist , and others. Douglas S. Jones is curator and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at the Florida Museum of Natural History and author of numerous articles in Nature, Geology, Science , and others.

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This is a new synthesis of the rich record of investigations into Florida's geology. Earlier volumes have addressed the state's geology; this is the first to do so within the context of plate tectonic theory. As an edited volume, it offers a diversity of viewpoints, drawing on a disciplinary variety of present-day specialists as well as past investigators. The book's format allows use as either text or reference. Its 14 chapters address major disciplinary aspects of state geology, from geomorphology and palaeontology to structural, economic, environmental, and hydrogeology. Chapters are liberally supported by black-and-white illustrations such as maps, cross-sections, block diagrams, and photographs. A two-page chronostratigraphic/lithostratigraphic column is included as the front and end papers; four center pages of color illustrations include a geologic map and photographs of various geologic or environmental phenomena. References for all chapters are compiled in a single list at the end of the book, forming an independently useful Florida bibliography. Recommended for anyone needing practical or theoretical understanding of Florida geology, from lower-division undergraduates to professionals, e.g., land-use planners. K. M. Campbell; Hamline University