Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Mylroie, John E.

Committee Member

Cooke, William, III

Committee Member

Schmitz, Darrel W.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


The Mariana Islands are a volcanic island chain in the western Pacific Ocean composed of Eocene volcanic cores with a carbonate mantle. Others have classified the cave and karst features into the cave types described in the CIKM, but no comprehensive GIS has been developed. For this project, a comprehensive GIS of the cave and karst features was developed. The cave and karst features were divided by cave type, physiographic province, and island. The karst features in the GIS were hyperlinked to a series of HTML pages, one for each island, and a set of HTML navigation pages mirroring the GIS layers were also created. LANDSAT images and Digital Raster Graphics were draped over the Digital Elevation Models for visualization. Attempts were made to remotely sense the vegetation and exposed soils and rocks from the LANDSAT images with the goal of producing a theoretical subsurface limestone/volcanic contact. Although the overall remote sensing aspect was unsuccessful, the GIS inventory was a success.