This introduction to the carbonate sedimentary systems of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Banks was compiled by Steve Bachtel (field observations and insight) and Christopher Kendall (some field observations, much armchair geology and web magic). The galleries are based on a mix of personal field observations and photographs from a 2007 field trip Steve and Charlie Kerans led to the Turks and Caicos and the published published observations of others, particularly Wanless and Dravis (1989).
The gallery's purpose is to introduce students and professional geologists to the interpretation and prediction of the laterally continuity and quality of the carbonate sediments using the Turks and Caicos as an example that provides an understanding of carbonate depositional processes, sedimentary architecture and their tie to the principles of sedimentary stratigraphy. It is recognized that the carbonate sediments of the Turks and Caicos have "unique" characteristics imposed by the specifics of the depositional setting for that location and time, while at the same time they also carry many common attributes to other Holocene and ancient carbonate regions.
Access to galleries follows the links on NASA image or the table below this with a list of the different topics and regions briefly described to left and illustrated to the right. The photographers of the images in the galleries ranged from Ned Frost, Ryan Phelps, Jerome Bellian, Steve Steve Bachtel, Enzo Aconcha, and Christopher Kendall, all of whom participated on a field trip by Jackson School of Geosciences from Austin Texas.
Field stops of Turks and Caicos Banks (mouse over/page and click on map hot spots to access pages).