Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 372.
Not often do we as geologists have the opportunity to study a vertically extensive sequence of chronostratigraphic units over a spacious geographic area representing such a broad spectrum of lithologic types as will be afforded our participants during the next 10 days. From fluvial clastics to open-marine and richly fossiliferous sediments, we believe the Upper Cretaceous and Paleogene of the eastern Gulf Coastal Plain deserves its recognition as a classic area of spectacular geological exposures. We welcome you to the southern United States, especially known for its congenial people and tasty southern cooking. We wish it to be known that our intent as your field trip leaders is to help you enjoy the geology as well as experience some of the more historically significant areas and our southern hospitality. We hope each of you might benefit scientifically from the field trip and gain a better understanding of the geology and culture of the South.
The field trip leaders wish to express appreciation for the time and energy of those involved in the planning, preparation, and execution of this field trip. The results of their efforts, often by altering existing busy schedules, have culminated in this field trip guidebook, one we believe represents a thorough treatment of the geology of the southeastern Gulf Coastal Plain. To the many "unseen" typists, draftspersons, assistants, and others who have aided in this effort, we extend our sincerest thanks.