Beaches and coasts /

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Author / Creator:Davis, Richard.
Imprint:Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub. Co., c2004.
Description:xi, 419 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Coast changes.
Coast changes.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:FitzGerald, Duncan M.
ISBN:0632043083 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Eminent coastal geologists Davis (Univ. of South Florida) and Fitzgerald (Boston Univ.) overview the intricate and unique network of world coastal environments. The first six chapters treat topics such as plate tectonics, sediments and rocks, sea-level changes, weather systems, and wave properties, and provide necessary background for a systematic exploration of the sedimentary morphologies and dynamics of the shoreline. Subsequent chapters survey beaches, barrier islands, dunes, lagoons, tides, tidal inlets, intertidal flats, wetlands, estuaries, river deltas, glaciated coasts, rocky coasts, and reefs. Two final chapters examine natural shore erosion and human-induced impacts on coastal systems. One or two boxes per chapter and numerous photographs and drawings flesh out the text. With few exceptions, the coverage is descriptive and uneven, and the longer and more intricate chapters reflect the research specialties of the authors. Perplexingly, bibliographic citations are quite sparse, no more than a handful at each chapter's end. Also, the title misleads to some extent because beaches are the focus of a single, brief chapter, a mere 15 pages. Lastly, there is no attempt to integrate the pieces of the coastal system into a whole so that students can begin to appreciate the interaction and interconnection of this complex matrix of coastal environments. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. P. R. Pinet Colgate University

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