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Fact Sheet 2009–3101

Prepared in cooperation with Volusia County

A Brief Geologic History of Volusia County, Florida

By Edward R. German

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Volusia County is in a unique and beautiful setting. This Florida landscape is characterized by low coastal plains bordered by upland areas of sandy ridges and many lakes. Beautiful streams and springs abound within the vicinity. Underneath the land surface is a deep layer of limestone rocks that stores fresh, clean water used to serve drinking and other needs. However, the landscape and the subsurface rocks have not always been as they appear today. These features are the result of environmental forces and processes that began millions of years ago and are still ongoing. This fact sheet provides a brief geologic history of the Earth, Florida, and Volusia County, with an emphasis on explaining why the Volusia County landscape and geologic structure exists as it does today.

First posted March 21, 2012

For additional information contact:
Louis C. Murray, Jr.
U.S. Geological Survey
Florida Integrated Science Center
12703 Research Parkway
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 803-5520

Florida Water Science Center

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Suggested citation:

German, E.R., 2009, A brief geologic history of Volusia County, Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009–3101, 6 p.

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