in the Bahamas (Geology 3750 and H3750) †General
Course Offering: We
will be in the Bahamas from March 14 through 21, 2015, which is during Clemsonís
spring break. Several on-campus classes to be arranged at a convenient time
will help prepare students for the field experience. Registration for the
course will begin during Fall Semester 2014. Application
and deposit are due in the Study Abroad Office by November 15; applications
after the deadline may be accepted as spaces remain. See How to Register
for more information.
Pre-requisite: One course in
James W. Castle (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 864-656-5015), Professor, Department of
Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Clemson University
Study Abroad in the Bahamas emphasizes both science and culture through an
international field experience. Students learn about ocean processes by
visiting marine environments and about the culture and history of another
country. The third longest barrier reef in the world is examined. Students
visit a Bahamian village, observe traditional woodcarving, tour a local
clothing factory, and visit historical and cultural sites. Students spend
one week at Forfar Field Station on Andros Island
in the Bahamas. Specific sites visited may vary depending on weather and
About Andros Island
Andros Island is 104 miles long and the largest island in the Bahamian
archipelago. The geology of Andros has been studied extensively as an
example of carbonate sedimentation. There are no cities, no American fast
food restaurants, and few distractions from the spectacular natural
features. The island is sparsely populated. Visibility in the waters off
the windward coast of Andros is seldom less than 80 feet and commonly
exceeds 150 feet. Water temperature throughout the year ranges from
approximately 72 to 78 degrees.
plan to visit the following marine environments on Andros Island:
is over 100 miles long along the eastern edge of Andros Island. It is the
third longest barrier reef in the world and one of the least disturbed.
Skeletal sands with localized patch reefs are present in a 2-mile wide
Joulterís Cay is a shoal
complex of agitated, clean ooid sands on the
windward-facing margin of Andros. A broad sand flat
penetrated by numerous tidal channels is present immediately behind the
active sand flat.
Andros Tidal Flats
are laterally extensive accumulations of carbonate mud along the western
edge of Andros in an area generally protected by the island from tidal
currents and prevailing winds. The tidal flats contain numerous lakes and
lagoons and are locally cut by tidal channels.
The following cultural and historic sites on Andros Island will be visited:
is a friendly Bahamian village on the west side of Andros. Woodcarvers and basketmakers sell their products here.
is a traditional one-room Bahamian school that is being converted to a
sustainable habitat and cultural center. Environmentally acceptable and
effective methods of waste recycling and water reuse are demonstrated.
Bluff and Nichollstown are very interesting for their history and impact on the
Bahamian economy. Every day millions of gallons of freshwater are shipped
from this area to supply water needs of the tourist industry in Nassau,
which raises important issues concerning water use and sustainability.
There is interesting history about pirates at Morgans
Bluff. The Fossil reef is at Nichollstown.
Androsia Factory is one of the
most important industries on Andros. Cloth is dyed and sewn into clothing,
which is shipped to Nassau.
Forfar Field Station
Field Station, which is situated on the beach on the windward side of
Andros, has been owned and operated for educational and research purposes
since 1973 by International
Field Studies (IFS). Forfar provides room,
board, van and boat transportation, and other logistical support.
Facilities include cabins (with bathrooms) and a main building with
kitchen, dining hall, classroom, laboratory/library, lounge, office, and a
small darkroom. Meals are prepared and served by IFS staff.
IFS is a non-profit,
educational, and scientific organization established to promote and assist
educators with field-study programs.
Although not required, snorkeling on the field trip is recommended because
of the many features and processes that can be observed more closely. Each participant
who will be snorkeling needs to bring a mask, snorkel, and fins. If you do
not already have this equipment, you will need to borrow or purchase it if
you plan to snorkel. Prices for a snorkeling set (including mask,
snorkel, and fins) begin at about $32 at most major sporting goods stores.
Previous snorkeling experience is not required, but it would be helpful if
you first try out the equipment in a local pool or lake before the field
trip. The field station will provide a snorkeling vest. Bringing an
underwater disposable camera is also recommended.
for descriptions and photographs of some of the places that we plan to
you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jim Castle at email@example.com