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Ambergris ooid shoal, on the southeastern Caicos platform, is an elongate, asymmetric, 20 km long spit-like feature to the west of Ambergris Cays. The purpose of this study is to describe the sedimentology and morphology of the Ambergris complex, commonly held as the type example of a wind-influenced ooid shoal.

The Ambergris shoal crest is bare well-sorted coarse sand-sized ooids, partly exposed at low tide and ornamented by low-amplitude sand waves with variable but systematically changing orientations. Flanking the shoal crest on the north side is a ~2 m deep rubbly shoulder of Holocene hardground and a deeper (~3...

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