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The work presented in this fieldtrip and the associated guidebook was supported by National Science Foundation grants OCE-7908949, OCE-8008326, OCE-8118164, and OCE-8400383 and University of North Carolina Sea Grant College grants from 1982 through 1986. Appreciation is expressed to the following in helping to make this work a success. 1) the many members of the Geology Department at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. and the Department of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida who supplied help both at sea and in the laboratory; 2) crews of N.S.F. research vessels EASTWARD, ENDEAVOR, COLUMBUS ISELIN and CAPE HATTERAS; 3) Texasgulf Inc., North Carolina Phosphate Corp., International Minerals and Chemical Corp, Agrico Chemical Corp., W.R. Grace and Co., and the North Carolina State University Minerals Research Lab in Asheville, N.C. who supplied professional expertise and analytical capabilities; and 4) the ongoing programs associated with the International Geologic Correlation Program (I.G.C.P.) 156 on Phosphorites sponsored by UNESCO and TUGS. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Duke/University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium who funded the ship time for this field trip and supplied their personnel and facilities.

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