Seashells of Galveston, Texas

There is beauty in all of nature's wonders. Please join us as we explore the treasures of Galveston Bay.




  • NASA Space Shuttle Photos of Galveston Bay:
    Galveston Bay, Texas City Dike
    Rainwater Run-off into Galveston Bay

  • (Houston is at the top of these photos; scroll down to view Galveston Island, Galveston Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, and the Texas City Dike. Use the back button of your browser if you want to return to this page from the NASA Space Shuttle photos of Galveston Bay.)

  • Photos: The seashells photographed for these web pages are in The Dr. Don Bass Galveston Bay Regional Shell and Geologic Collection donated to Clifton Middle School.


  • Resources: Beachcombers's Guide to the Gulf Coast Marine Life by Nick Fotheringham and Susan Brunenmeister, Eyewitness Handbooks: Shells by S. Peter Dance, Peterson Field Guides: Southeastern and Caribbean Seashores by Eugene H. Kaplan, Science Hobby Book of Shell Collecting by Miriam Gilbert, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Shells by Bruno Sabelli, Texas Monthly Field Guide to Shells of the Texas Coast by Jean Andrews, Texas Shells by Jean Andrews


  • Acknowledgements: The seashell specimens in The Dr. Don Bass Collection were the result of a joint project of The Galveston Bay Foundation, 17324A Highway 3, Webster, Texas 77598 and The Geology Program of the College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Drive, Texas City, 77591 to help students better understand and appreciate the marine life that they may see in the bays, estuaries, rivers, and beaches in the Galveston Bay Region.


  • Special Thanks: To Dr. Don Bass and Chuck Buddenhagen of the College of the Mainland for their encouragement and support with this project.


  • Page Design: These web pages were created by Mrs. Holzapfel's Sixth Grade Clifton Middle School Computer Literacy students using ClarisWorks word processing documents saved as text files and then converted to HTML.


  • Other Sites Related to Seashells:
    The Assateague Naturalist...Seashells
    Bryozoa User's Guide
    Conchologists of America
    Conchology by Guido T. Poppe. Select "Fun with Shells" at this site to view "Old Books," "Fake Shells," "Edible Mollusks,"and "Primitive Art."


  • These web pages were made possible through the GirlTECH Program, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center and the RGK Foundation. I appreciate the technical help of Debbie Campbell, Philip Blaiklock, and the expertise of everyone behind the scenes at Rice University.




  • First published: November 15, 1997
    Revised on: January 17, 1998
    URL: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~jholzapf/Gulf/Galveston.html

    Please send comments to:
    Jane A. Holzapfel, Teacher Technologist

    Clifton Middle School, Apple Distinguished School
    Houston Independent School District
    6001 Golden Forest Drive
    Houston, Texas 77092-2359
    (713) 613-2516 x396

    Latitude N 29 degrees 50' 33.8"
    Longitude W 95 degrees 28' 43.2"