Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Nassau, Bahamas; San Salvador, Bahamas
- Program Terms: Spring Break
- Homepage: Click to visit
Through this class and field course students will receive broad and in-depth knowledge on various Cave and Karst topics. They will learn about modern carbonate environments, processes such as vadose and phreatic diagenesis, speleogenesis, dissolution, neomorphism, etc. The other purpose of the field trip is to visit, learn, and understand the carbonate island karst geology, geomorphology, and hydrology. For this, we plan to observe and visit a number of karst features (dissolution forms, sinkholes, banana holes, flank margin caves, and blue holes) along with the famous fossil reef in Cockburn Town were we will discuss the sea-level changes over the last 130,000 years and how this affects cave and karst development.
During their stay on the island, students will be involved in small-scale individual or group research projects for which they will need to collect water samples from different depths in 2-3 blue holes, map caves, and analyzed the samples in the evening on the instruments we will bring along. Each student/group will have to submit a report at the end of the class and the target is to present and publish the most valuable results in a scientific journal.
Field course section schedule:
March 12: Flight out of Miami - Arrival in San Salvador; Check into dorms, unpack equipment; Trip to the North Point and General Presentation
March 13: The karst geology of the island (day-long trip); Evening lecture & Lab work
March 14: Group project activities (bluehole project & cave maping); Evening lecture & Lab work
March 15: Group project activities (bluehole project & cave maping); Tour of Lighthouse (including the cave); Lab work
March 16: Group project activities (bluehole project & cave maping); Evening lecture
March 17: Flight from San Sal to Miami and drive back to Tampa