Burrowing organisms alter sedimentary textures, influence cement distribution, and affect petrophysical characteristics of carbonate strata. Although many descriptions of carbonate successions reference bioturbation, quantitative data on spatial variability of trace fossils is rare, and fewer studies address trace-fossil influence on postdepositional modification of sedimentary deposits, which can affect petrophysical properties. To address these unknowns and determine the controls on ichnology in carbonate shoreface successions, this study evaluates the along- and across-strike distribution of sediment and bioturbation in recent, Holocene, and Pleistocene shoreface deposits on the leeward margin of Crooked–Acklins Platform (CAP), southern Bahamas. To the north, the extant margin shelf is characterized by poorly to moderately sorted, very fine–fine, skeletal–peloid–ooid sand with an average of 16% mud (< 62.5 µm) that is moderately to intensely bioturbated (ii3–6). Trace assemblages are diverse, and include horizontal tracks and trails, abundant horizontal deposit-feeding and locomotion traces, as well as dwelling and resting burrows attributable to the proximal Cruziana Ichnofacies. In marked contrast, shelf margin deposits to the south are well-sorted, medium ooid–peloid sand with < 1% mud, and display a range of bioturbation, from nonbioturbated to moderately intense bioturbation (ii1–4). Trace-fossil assemblages exhibit low ichnodiversity, dominated by vertical dwelling burrows with reinforced wall lining attributable to the Skolithos Ichnofacies. Holocene and Pleistocene strata show similar proximal-to-distal and along-strike variations in sediment attributes, ichnodiversity, and bioturbation. These trends reflect a progressive, north-to-south increase in energy reflecting the change in margin orientation relative to the direction of dominant wave energy, analogous to the recent system. This study provides data for an integrated sedimentologic–ichnologic conceptual model for processes and patterns of sediment accumulation on carbonate shorefaces, and are distinct from siliciclastic analogs.

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