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Virtual Field Trip - Anna Maria Island

map of west-central Florida study area
Anclote Key Three-Rooker Bar Dunedin Pass Sand Key St. Pete Beach Mullet and Egmont Keys Longboat and Lido Keys Venice Inlet

Anna Maria Island map
Anna Maria Island, the first major island south of Tampa Bay, is highly developed. A set of nearshore transverse bars are shown in the aerial photograph below. The processes that are responsible for the formation and maintenance of the bars are currently being investigated. Analyses have shown that the bars are migrating to the south. A paleogeographic map of Anna Maria Island shows various stages of development over the last 3000 years.

A complete survey, utilizing ten adjacent lines, was repeated in March 1994, April 1996, January 1997, and March 1997. Researchers will be analyzing the bathymetry in an attempt to describe the migration and morphological changes of the bars.

Anna Maria Island oblique aerial photograph, showing nearshore transverse bars
Oblique aerial photograph of Anna Maria Island, showing nearshore transverse bars.

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