SEDIMENTOLOGY OF DICKMAN’S POINT BEACH, SW FLORIDA – INTEGRATION OF GROUND PENETRATING RADAR
Field work was conducted in February 2020 and data collection included surface grab sample, sediment cores (0-2 feet in depth) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) transects. These data were complimented with Lidar, historical aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
Analysis of these datasets (Ibarra et al, 2020) showed how natural and human influences have impacted the geomorphology of Dickman’s Point Beach with natural processes at work between 1926 and 1962 and a combination of natural and man-made influences after 1962.
Sedimentary facies were interpreted on the GPR profiles by 1) identifying packages of GRP reflection geometries and 2) matching them to sedimentary geometries and associated depositional environments. Where possible, sedimentary structures in the sediment cores were integrated into the reflection geometries.
The interpretation of GPR-based sedimentary facies on Dickman’s Point Beach suggests dynamic geomorphology over time, including: 1) Inclined/shingled geometries = lateral accretion = progradation to the northwest, 2) Scour/fill geometries = high energy storm related channeling = erosion of southern margin, 3) Parallel geometries = wind/wave planar sediment movement = west-facing beaches, 4) Onlap/truncation geometries = deposition adjacent to an exposed surface = southwestern beaches.
Follow-up studies will include the collection of vibracores to allow more extensive core-based sedimentary facies to be correlated to GRP-based geometries.