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Coastal & Marine Geology Program > Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies > Professional Paper 1751

Systematic Mapping of Bedrock and Habitats along the Florida Reef Tract—Central Key Largo to Halfmoon Shoal (Gulf of Mexico)

USGS Professional Paper 1751

by Barbara H. Lidz, Christopher D. Reich, and Eugene A. Shinn

Introduction:
Table of Contents
Project Overview
Project Objective
Geologic Setting
Primary Datasets
Primary Products - Overview Maps & Evolution Overview:
Bedrock Surface map.
Introduction
Depth to Pleistocene Bedrock Surface
Reef & Sediment Thickness
Benthic Ecosystems & Environments
Sedimentary Grains in 1989
Summary Illustration Index Map
Evolution Overview
Tile-by-Tile Analysis
Satellite image of the Florida Keys showing location of tiles.
Organization of Report
Tiles: 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7/8, 9/10,
11
Summary
Acknowledg-
ments
References
Disclaimer
Related
Publications

Tile 1

Tile 1 coordinates:
25°01'49.46" N. 80°31'10.14" W.
25°13'12.35" N. 80°20'35.08" W.
25°08'31.56" N. 80°14'15.98" W.
24°57'01.47" N. 80°24'52.12" W.
Major Geographic Sites: Tile 1 (upper Keys) includes north Key Largo, Largo Sound, and nearshore Rodriguez Key (Fig. 22A, 22B). Shelf features include a 600-m-diameter sinkhole, Captain Roy's Reef, Grecian Rocks and nearby Key Largo Dry Rocks, White Bank, and Mosquito Bank. Offshore reefs include The Elbow, French, Little Molasses, Molasses, and Pickles Reefs. Carysfort Reef, an offshore reef approximately 9 km northeast of Tile 1, is included in discussion of geology in this sector because of the significant data available for the Carysfort area.

Fully protected "no-take" zones have been established as Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPAs) at Carysfort Reef, The Elbow, Grecian Rocks, Key Largo Dry Rocks, French Reef, and Molasses Reef (see Marine Sanctuaries). A broad Existing Management Area (EMA) surrounds these and other outer-shelf reefs in Tile 1 and due north of Carysfort Reef (i.e., Turtle Rocks, Fig. 22B). The EMA is demarcated on navigational charts.

Landsat satellite image of south Florida shows individual tile boundaries. Tile 1 is highlighted.
Figure 22. (A) Landsat satellite image of south Florida shows individual tile boundaries (blue rectangles) of this regional study in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Tile 1 is highlighted. (B) Index map shows locations of named reefs and shoals in the upper Keys and northeastern middle Keys, delineated by dashed lines. Red rectangle shows geographic boundaries of Tile 1 with its geographic sites highlighted. Because of the amount of data available for the Carysfort Reef area, Carysfort Reef is discussed in the section for Tile 1. Sanctuary boundary is in red; shelf-margin contour (blue) is in meters. [larger version]
Index map shows locations of named reefs and shoals in the upper Keys and northeastern middle Keys

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