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

Atlantic Coast Beaches

A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore

by William J. Neal, Orrin H. Pilkey and Joseph T. Kelley

Only $19.99
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 below.

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