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Belize: A Modern Example of a Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Shelf

  • Donald F. McNeillEmail author
  • Xavier Janson
  • Kelly L. Bergman
  • Gregor P. Eberli
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Abstract

The Belize shelf is located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula (Fig. 3.1). It extends along approximately 300 km in a north-south direction and 10–40 km in an east-west direction. The Belize shelf lagoon is a mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rimmed platform developed under a humid tropical climate. The southern shelf lagoon depositional system is attached to a mountainous mainland of the Yucatan peninsula. The main relief features are the Maya Mountains that culminate at a height approximating 1,000 m above sea level.Fig. 3.1

Keywords

Patch Reef Reef Crest Barrier Reef Lagoon Reef Northern Lagoon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald F. McNeill
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xavier Janson
    • 2
  • Kelly L. Bergman
    • 3
  • Gregor P. Eberli
    • 1
  1. 1.Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Bureau of Economic Geology, University of TexasAustinUSA
  3. 3.Chevron Energy Technology CompanySan RamonUSA

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