The southwestern half of Onslow Beach, NC is starved of sand. Using a side-scan sonar, we imaged peat and organic-rich sediment at the seafloor just seaward from where the waves start to break. Offshore from that, Miocene rock is imaged at the seafloor. It is difficult, at least for us, to get a true sense of what the seafloor looks like from these geophysical data (scale, rock type, relief, etc.). To gain perspective, we decided to SCUBA dive and collect a video of the seafloor from the shoreline to about 300 m offshore. Visibility nearshore was very low because that organic-rich mud was eroding and being suspended in the water column. Once we reached about 200 m from shore, visibility improved and we could clearly see rock outcropping at the seafloor (Belgrade Formation). That rock is shown in the video below, taken at a depth of about 7 m (23 feet).
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Morehead City, NC
Lesson plans for middle- and high-school teachers that focus on estuarine fish habitats can be found here.
Lab Musings (mostly)
- New dinosaur ancestor with croc-like appearance. Amazing discovery! https://t.co/hwQi7m9IeA 12:13:20 PM April 14, 2017 from Twitter Web Client ReplyRetweetFavorite
- Illinois geologists including @ejtheuerkauf to launch helicopter survey of sand in Lake Michigan https://t.co/JQgzrOHavS @MarineUAS @UNCims 12:38:51 PM March 21, 2017 from Twitter Web Client ReplyRetweetFavorite
- Great talks on nitrogen @konorevole and king tides @Caitlin_G_L at the NC Sentinel Site meeting. @UNCims is proud. 03:47:52 PM February 21, 2017 from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
Let’s share: Our first open-access article published.