Recent discoveries of large quantities of hydrocarbons in Late Paleozoic-Early Cenozoic carbonate slope facies (Enos, 1977; Viniegra-O, 1981; Cook, 1983) have stimulated research on these deep-water depositional environments in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of their nature and origin, as well as to develop working models (Mullins, 1978; McIlreath and James, 1978; Mullins and Neumann, 1979a; Schlager and Chermak, 1979; Schlager and Ginsburg, 1981; Cook and Mullins, 1983; Cook, 1983; Mullins, 1983a). Most studies of modern carbonate slopes and basins have focused on the Bahama Platform, although fore-reef regions (ώ300 – 400m water depth) of Jamaica and Belize have also been extensively investigated (James and Ginsburg, 1979; Enos and Moore, 1983). Because of this, we will focus our attention, in this course, on modern Bahamian carbonate slopes and basins which exhibit a multitude of carbonate slope types.
Studies of modern carbonate slopes and basins in the Bahamas began in the 1060's (Busby, 1962; Rusnak and Nesteroff, 1964; Pilkey and Rucker, 1966; Gibson and Schlee, 1967; Rucker, 1968) , and continued modestly through the early to mid 1970's (Andrews et al., 1970; Neumann and Ball, 1970; Bornhold and Pilkey, 1971; Kier and Pilkey, 1971; Lynts et al, 1973; Bennetts and Pilkey, 1976; Mullins and Lynts, 1976; Schlager et al, 1976; Wilber, 1976). This, in turn, has been followed by extensive regional and local investigations during the late 1970's and early 1980's (Neumann et al., 1977; Mullins, 1978; Boardman, 1978; Schlager and James, 1978; Mullins and Neumann, 1979a; Schlager and