Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 371.
The coastal plain of South Carolina is an excellent natural laboratory for studying the formation of terrigenous elastic depositional systems. The occurrence of these systems in a trailing-edge setting allows one to focus on the depositional processes, free of complex tectonic overprints. The scale of the region is compressed; it is only 160 km from the Fall Line to the ocean, which allows ready access to a broad range of depositional settings during a 5-day trip. Numerous nature preserves and wildlife refuges exist in the area, some containing virgin floral assemblages, which provides a rare opportunity to see the natural process unmodified by man.