National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Geology & Soils Monitoring

Cobblestone beach in Salt Pond Bay in Virgin Islands National Park. Different lithologies create the variety of color of beach sediments; the darker cobbles are pieces of basalt derived from the breakup of adjacent ledges and then rounded by wave action. The white cobbles are pieces of modern coral, also rounded by wave action. Photograph by K. N. Hall.
Cobblestone beach in Salt Pond Bay in Virgin Islands National Park. Different lithologies create the variety of color of beach sediments; the darker cobbles are pieces of basalt derived from the breakup of adjacent ledges and then rounded by wave action. The white cobbles are pieces of modern coral, also rounded by wave action. Photograph by K. N. Hall.

Changes in coastal geomorphology and soil physical composition are important indicators of change in the rest of the ecosystem. SFCN is monitoring soil elevation tables (SET's) in mangroves (in some cases with partners) as part of monitoring Coastal Geomorphology to determine the extent that soil accretion/erosion/compaction is keeping pace with sea level rise. Monitoring changes in mudbanks in Florida Bay is deferred. Monitoring changes in Wetland Substrate is currently deferred although partner funded research projects are underway in the ridge/slough/tree islands areas of Everglades National Park as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan RECOVER program.

Individual vital signs in this category are also listed in the table below.

Vital Signs Monitored by the SFCN and Our Partners

Vital Signs Category Monitored by SFCN
and Partners
Monitored by Partners Only and/or Deferred**
Geology & Soils

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