Perhaps a review of the past may make us better geologists
in the future.
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"Bahamian Calcareous Sands," by Leslie V. Illing; AAPG BULLETIN,
"It is the purpose of this paper to call attention to the large
areas of the Bahama Banks that are covered with calcareous sand
composed of these rounded grains, to show that they were not derived
from pre-existing rocks, and to present some evidence of the process
by which they formed and are now forming."
An excellent piece of work, conducted over two field seasons,
that has significant value as a pioneering study. It encouraged
a great deal of further work; notably Bob Ginsberg's establishment
of Shell's long-running research project on processes governing
patterns of recent carbonate sedimentation.
Over the many years of its existence, the Shell Recent Carbonate
Models research group benefited from the contributions of full-time
researchers Bob Ginsberg, Mike Lloyd, Gene Shinn, Bob Dunham, Ron
Perkins, Mahlon Ball, Paul Enos and John McCallum. In addition,
numerous operations geologists benefited from assignments to the
group; names such as Jerry Lucia, Bob Walpole, S.D. Kerr, Pete Lucas
and Jim Rogers come to mind.
I had the brief honor of being the manager of Shell's Recent Models
group, and -- as rank hath its privileges -- benefited from several
of the world's greatest field trips before returning to operations