Controls on Sand Resources: Cape Canaveral Area, Florida

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by Tania S. Bacchus, Univ of Maine, Oron, United States,
Gary A. Zarillo, Univ of Maine, Oron, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Sediments

Abstract: Analysis of Holocene stratigraphy and sediments of the continental shelf off Cape Canaveral Florida shows that three basic factors control the quality of sand resources. Antecedent topography is a primary control over the total thickness of the Holocene section. Preservation of back-barrier muddy sediments on the inner shelf reduces the sand source potential in the nearshore region. Storm reworking of transgressive lag deposits removing fine-grained constituents provides sediment units of the highest sand source potential. The interrelation among these factors provides a useful sand source exploration tool.

Subject Headings: Sandy soils | Sediment | Mud | Stratigraphy | Quality control | Topography | Soil analysis | North America | Florida | United States

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