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Title: Oolites as a natural tracer in beaches of southeastern Florida
Authors: Meisburger, Edward P.
Keywords: Beaches--Florida
Sediments (Geology)
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; CERC-89-10.
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: Calcareous oolites occur in beach and continental shelf sediments from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to as far south as Palm Beach. The abundance of oolites in both shelf and beach sediments is highly irregular. In beach sediments the oolites tend to be significantly more abundant in backshore deposits than in foreshore deposits. This abundance is believed to be due to selective sorting with the oolites responding to flow as heavier particles because of their shape and surface smoothness. The source of the oolites in the beach deposits appears to be the inner continental shelf. Because of their highly irregular distribution and sensitivity to selective sorting processes, it is concluded that quantitative estimates of the total amount of sediment transported ashore with the oolites cannot be made.
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