On day 7 we headed to Scott’s head, which is a tombolo. A tombolo is when the mainland is attached to an island by a narrow piece of land such as a bar or a spit. This one in particular is even more special because it has the Caribbean sea on one side and the Atlantic on the other.
On the left is the Caribbean sea and on the right is the Atlantic Ocean.
Today we were focused on the Caribbean side and took more sand samples in several transects as well as water quality samples, just as we had taken at champagne reef.
The reef can be seen well from above. We estimated that only about 15% of the coral is still alive in this cove. The reef had been damaged severely, most likely from a combination of increased acidity, storm damage, and rising temperatures. This means we did not see as many fish, crabs, or birds as we expected. Without this important chain the local people have to fish out farther and tourists don’t have such an incentive to come here, thus hurting two of Dominica’s largest drivers of their economy.
We hiked to the top of the peninsula and got an amazing view of the area. Check our facebook page to get a look at the 360 image (Clemson Geopaths). From
You can see the tops of several forming sea stacks.
These features form over large swaths of time as waves slowly erode a sea cave and collapses the ceiling. This leaves a stand alone stack in the water.
Overall it was a gorgeous and productive day!
-Emily, Stephanie, and Katrina