Carbonates and Evaporites

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 131–140 | Cite as

Reef morphology and sediment attributes, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

  • Charlotte J. Mehrtens
  • Brad Rosenheim
  • Meg Modley
  • Robert S. Young


A reef monitoring program off Roatan, Bay islands, Honduras has produced base line data for platform bathymetry, major macrofauna distribution, and sediment attributes. Because erosion accompanying accelerated island development will be increasing in the near future, measurements of total suspended solids and sedimentation rate were made. Results show TSS range from 8 to 70 mg/l in the summer and 30 to 222mg/l in the winter. Sedimentation rates in the fore reef, where finer-grained terrigenous material would potentially accumulate, are 0.14mg/cm2/day to 7.07mg/cm2/day in the summer and 41 to 71mg/cm2/day in the winter. The summer values are well within the ranges of published results from other Caribbean carbonate platforms, however winter values are up to ten times that of other localities.

Key words

coral reefs Roatan Honduras carbonate platforms sedimentation rates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte J. Mehrtens
    • 1
  • Brad Rosenheim
    • 2
  • Meg Modley
    • 3
  • Robert S. Young
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of VermontBurlington
  2. 2.Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of MiamiKey Biscayne
  3. 3.Department of GeologyUniversity of VermontBurlington
  4. 4.Department of Geosciences and Natural ResourcesWestern Carolina UniversityCullowhee

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