Southeastern Section–56th Annual Meeting (29–30 March 2007)
Paper No. 2-5
Presentation Time: 9:20 AM-9:40 AM

GEOMORPHOLOGIC HISTORY OF THE CAROLINA BAYS

KACZOROWSKI, R.T., GCO Minerals/IP Mineral Resources, Box 4258, Houston, TX 77210, ray.kaczorowski@ipaper.com

The Carolina Bays are premier examples of a class of geomorphic features known as oriented lakes, characterized by: 1) elliptical shape 2) a general long-axis orientation, 3) sandy shorelines with adjacent aeolian features and 4) common late-stage organic sediment accumulations that, in some cases, can be extensive and in others subtle or substantially altered by oxidation, erosion, fire, or other processes. While the Carolina Bays are clearly unique in terms of their complex development, geomorphic features and photogenic appeal, modern incipient Carolina Bay analogues do occur in other parts of the world. This paper will present an oriented lake development scenario for the Carolina Bays, and other oriented lakes, supported by field measurements, observations and model investigations.

Southeastern Section–56th Annual Meeting (29–30 March 2007)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 2
Geology and Ecology of Carolina Bays
Hyatt Regency Savannah on the Historic Riverfront: Ballroom E
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, 29 March 2007

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 6

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