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Atlantic Coast Beaches

 
Atlantic Coast Beaches: A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore

A Practical Guide for the Amateur Archaeologist


For anyone interested in beaches and the processes that shape, erode and sustain them. This 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" paperback has 250 pages with lots of photographs and illustrations that help you understand beaches and shoreline features. See table of contents at the bottom of this page. William J. Neal, Orrin H. Pilkey and Joseph T. Kelley, authors.
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Atlantic Coast Beaches
Table of Contents

Preface: A Seashell Bias

ix

1. Geology of the Atlantic Coast

1
    Different Kinds of Beaches
1
        Thi Geologic Setting
6
        The North-South Dichotomy
8
        Continental Glaciation
10

2. Beach Movement

16
    Time and the Beach: The Short Life of Sand Castles
17
    Sea Level Rise: Time's Tide
21
    Barrier Islands: Hot Dogs, Drumsticks, and Broken Spits
27
    Beach Erosion and Accretion: Moving Beaches
42

3. Oceans in Motion

50
    Perfect Storms: Hurricanes and Nor'easters
50
    Beach Battle Zone: Tides, Waves, and Currents
57
        The Tide
57
        Storm Surge
59
        Waves
60
        Currents
63

4. Stories in a Grain of Sand

60
    As Measureless as Sand on the Seashore: What Sand Grains Tell Us
67
        Beach Sediment: Size, Shape, and Sorting
68
    Common Minerals of the Beach: A Mineral Collection in a Handful of Sand
74
        Mineral Stability
75
    Black Sands: Pollution or Provenance?
80
        Other Black Material
86

5. Beach Shape

90
    The Shape of the Beach: Bars, Berms, and Troughs
91
        Beach Terminology
92
        Scarps and Cusps
96
    The Sea's Cutting Edge: Wrack and Ruin
98
        Shipwrecks: The Ultimate Wrack
104
    Wave, Wind, and Current Ripple Marks
105

6. Can You Read a Beach

113
    Sea Suds: Froth, Foam, and Phantom Marks
113
    To-and-Fro on the Beach: Swash, Backwash, and Wind Structures
119
        Diamond Patterns and Zebra Stripes
122
    Layers in a Ditch: What's Under the Beach
127
        Pages of Time: Beach Layers
127
        Bioturbation
130
    Bubbly Beaches: Holes, Blisters, Pits, and Rings
132
        Make Your Own Structures
140
        Holes and Critters
141
    Knee-Deep in Sand: Soft Sand
142
    Leaky Beaches: Groundwater in the Beach
145
    Squeaky Beaches: Barking and Singing Sand
150
        Booming Sand
152
    Leave Only Your Footprints: Burrows, Tracks, and Trails
152
        Beach Critters: Little Ones and Big Ones
154
        Beach Traces
155
        Beach-Dune Transition
160
        The Solution to the Mystery
162

7. Shells

163
    Recently Alive or Long Dead? Beach Fossils
164
        Other Fossils and Artifacts
168
    Staining and Rounding: More Than Meets the Eye
169
    Preferred Orientation: Hydrodynamics and Aerodynamics
173

8. Dunes and Winter Beaches

175
    Dunes: Banked Sand
175
        Beaches and Dunes
175
        Vegetation and Dunes
180
        Active Dunes
184
        Plant Succession
186
        Dunes and Beaches
189
    Winter Beaches: Frozen Features of the North
190

9. Saving Beaches or Killing Them?

196
    Concrete Beaches: The Suburbanized Shore
197
        Why Hard Stabilization is Bad for Beaches
200
        Sea Bright, New Jersey
201
        Obstructions on the Beach
203
    Artificial Beaches and Dunes: Virtual Reality?
204
        Artificial Dunes
217
        Beach Bulldozing and Sweeping
1219
    How Beach Resorts Age: The Evolution of Beach Communities
220

10. Epilogue

225
    The Future of Beaches: Are Beaches an Endangered Species?
226
        Fifteen Ways to Conserve a Beach for Future Generations
228

Glossary

231

References

238

Index

240

 

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