Florida’s Geologic History
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Bostick, Kyle W., Shelly A. Johnson, and Martin B. Main. 2018. “Florida’s Geologic History: WEC189/UW208, Rev. 11/2018”. EDIS 2018 (6). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-uw208-2018.


Hundreds of millions of years of geologic processes lead to the formation of Florida.  This document described the 3 primary processes that created Florida as we know it today: 1) plate tectonics (>160 million years ago), 2) carbonate production (160 - 23 million years ago), and 3) siliciclastic invasion (23 million years ago – present).  It also discusses the major processes that continue to reform the morphology of the Florida Platform: sea level change, karstification, and humans.

Previous Version: Allen, Ginger, and Martin Main. 2005. “Florida’s Geological History”. EDIS 2005 (7). https://journals.flvc.org/edis/article/view/114948.

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