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By Eric Bird

This special richly-illustrated account of the landforms and geology of the world’s coasts, awarded in a country-by-country (state-by-state) series, assembles an unlimited quantity of information and pictures of an endangered and more and more populated and constructed landform. a global panel of 138 coastal specialists presents info on “what is where” on each one region of coast, including reasons of the landforms, their evolution and the alterations happening on them. in addition to supplying info at the coastal gains of every nation (state or county) the compendium can be utilized to figure out the level of specific gains alongside the world’s coasts and to enquire comparisons and contrasts among a number of global areas. With greater than 1440 colour illustrations and photographs, it truly is relatively invaluable as a resource of data ahead of getting to know or simply traveling a quarter of coast. References are supplied to the present literature on coastal evolution and beach changes.

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An unvegetated talus slope extends down into the sea. Lengthy spits and barrier islands, separated by narrow inlets, occur along the middle section of the coast between Point Barrow and Cape Lisburne and along the northwest facing portion of Seward Peninsula. Shorter barrier bars are present along much of the rest of this coast. 5). Point Hope is a large cuspate formation that has grown out into the Chukchi Sea, flanked by long barriers that enclose lagoons and a swampy coastal plain with rounded lakes.

Net longshore drifting varies with configuration (Schwartz et al. 1985): Sandy Point, north of Bellingham, has grown southward but Ediz Hook and Dungeness Spit on the Strait of Juan de Fuca have grown eastward as the result of north-westerly wave action, and the latter has also been shaped by waves from the east and north east. On the Pacific coast the prevailing south-westerly waves generate net longshore drifting northward, as can be seen in the development in that direction of the Long Beach Peninsula and the northerly deflection of the mouths of such rivers as the Copalis, Moclips, Quinault, Queets, and Hoh.

The Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula is one of the great scenic coasts of the world. Differential erosion of Tertiary continental and marine sediment and volcanics has produced sea caves, stacks, arches and high cliffs. Long term coastline recession is indicated by numerous stacks and islands in coastal waters (mostly within 2 km of the shore), and it is possible that episodes of substantial cliff recession have taken place during occasional tsunamis. Many of the stacks and small islands off the coast south from Cape Flattery are residuals of harder rock, including Eocene volcanics, sandstone and siltstone, the Miocene Hoh Rock Assemblage and the Pliocene Quinault Formation.

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