Bureau of Economic Geology

“Conch Shells, Rum, and Research: A Geotourism Review of the Turks and Caicos Islands”

August 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Chris Zahm

Chris Zahm
The Bureau of Economic Geology


The Turks and Caicos Islands within the British West Indies are a popular tourist destination with daily commercial flights, beautiful Caribbean water, and a pace that is relaxing but predictable. It is also an excellent place for learning about modern carbonate geology. During this presentation, we will explore both aspects in a relaxed yet informative tour of the Caicos Platform. During our tour, I will show you what makes these islands a unique geologic research environment, give some history of the island and provide insight on how to take an affordable vacation to this sometimes costly destination. 

Chris Zahm is a researcher within the carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) at the BEG. For the past 7 years, he has traveled to TCI with Charlie Kerans, Steve Bachtel, and Andrea Nolting along with numerous graduate students and researchers within the Jackson School. While not authoritative on all aspects of TCI, this group has developed essential familiarity including where to find the best rum and fried conch fingers on the island.