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New Book Offers Comprehensive Description of Gulf of Mexico Geology



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The recently published Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, Volume 3, Geology provides the most up to date, systematic, cohesive, and comprehensive description of the geology of the Gulf of Mexico Basin. This new book is the latest in a landmark scientific reference series from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (http://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/). The six sections of the book address the geologic history, recent depositional environments, and processes offshore and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientific research in the Gulf of Mexico region is extensive and has broad-based influence upon scientific, governmental, and educational communities. This volume is a compilation of scientific knowledge from highly accomplished and experienced geologists who have focused most of their careers on gaining a better understanding of the geology of the Gulf of Mexico. Their research, presented in this volume, describes and explains the formation of the Gulf Basin, Pleistocene and Holocene stratigraphic and sea-level history, energy resources, coral reefs, and depositional processes that affect and are represented along our gulf coasts. The volume provides valuable synthesis and interpretation of what is known about the geology of the Gulf of Mexico. Of 51 contributing scientists, 16 represent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Five years in the making, this monumental compilation is both a lasting record of the current state of knowledge and the starting point for a new millennium of study.

The volume was edited by Noreen A. Buster, a geologist at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Charles W. Holmes (USGS, retired), who specializes in geochemistry and sedimentology, focusing on geochronological issues. Holmes is currently executive director of Environchron, LLC, and adjunct professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

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Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

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