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The Beach Book
Science of the Shore
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Waves and tides, wind and storms, sea-level rise and shore erosion: these are the forces that shape our beaches, and beach lovers of all stripes can benefit from learning more about how these coastal...
Waves and tides, wind and storms, sea-level rise and shore erosion: these are the forces that shape our beaches, and beach lovers of all stripes can benefit from learning more about how these coastal...
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  • Waves and tides, wind and storms, sea-level rise and shore erosion: these are the forces that shape our beaches, and beach lovers of all stripes can benefit from learning more about how these coastal processes work. With animation and clarity, The Beach Book tells sunbathers why beaches widen and narrow, and helps boaters and anglers understand why tidal inlets migrate. It gives home buyers insight into erosion rates and provides natural-resource managers and interested citizens with rich information on beach nourishment and coastal-zone development. And for all of us concerned about the long-term health of our beaches, it outlines the latest scientific information on sea-level rise and introduces ways to combat not only the erosion of beaches but also the decline of other coastal habitats.

    The more we learn about coastline formation and maintenance, Carl Hobbs argues, the better we can appreciate and cultivate our shores. Informed by the latest research and infused with a passion for its subject, The Beach Book provides a wide-ranging introduction to the shore, and all of us who love the beach and its associated environments will find it timely and useful.

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  • Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Beaches
    2. Wind
    3. Waves
    4. Tides
    5. Sediments
    6. Barrier Islands and Tidal Inlets
    7. Sand Dunes and Salt Marshes
    8. Sea Level and Sea-Level Rise
    9. Storms and Storm Surges
    10. Erosion and Shore Protection
    Appendix 1. Units of Speed: Approximate Conversion Factors
    Appendix 2. Beaufort Scale
    Appendix 3. Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index

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  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2012

    Hobbs (marine science, Virginia Inst. of Marine Science, Coll. of William & Mary) here describes the fundamental geologic and oceanographic processes that take place at the beach and that are responsible for creating, maintaining, and eroding shores. He has focused his research efforts primarily along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico of North America, but he contends that what he outlines holds true at any beach. Early chapters focus on specific beach processes (e.g., tides) and elements (e.g., sediments). Later chapters discuss phenomena that can influence these processes or elements (e.g., erosion, sea-level rise, and storms). Images, tables, and figures enhance the text. A glossary and bibliography are also included. VERDICT The scientific information Hobbs provides in the form of equations and in-depth explanations makes this book better suited to academic readers, although the general essence of the text will prove interesting to anyone curious about the science of the shore.--Diana Hartle, Univ. of Georgia Science Lib., Athens

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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