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William J. Neal is professor emeritus and past chairman of the Department of Geology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. As a sedimentologist he has been involved in coastal studies since the 1970s. In 1993 he received (with) Orrin H. Pilkey the American Geological Institute's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geology. Orrin H. Pilkey and Joseph T. Kelley are contributing authors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Pr; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878425349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878425341
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Any heading for the East Coast and interested in beaches will welcome ATLANTIC COASTAL BEACHES: A GUIDE TO RIPPLES, DUNES, AND OTHER NATURAL FEATURES OF THE SEASHORE. General readers receive a strong blend of geology and natural history along with tips on identifying physical features, making this a strong pick not just for travel collections, but for libraries specializing in Atlantic coast geology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Carlos Branco on February 4, 2009
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Excellent book. Simple, direct, and full of scientific informations. A good example of how the quality of scientific information can be presented to the population. As more people have access to scientific informations, the better the world. The science is essential, but present it to the community is also very important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pikabike on January 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought Atlantic Coast Beaches near the beginning of a 3-month stay at a barrier island community. After walking the beach nearly every day, I am happy I read this book early on. Pretty much any geologic question I had pertaining to the beach was answered in this book, plus a bunch more about the creatures I found washed up on shore. I studied and underlined and highlighted and re-visited the book many times. I made lists of features to look for and identify. In other words, the book served as a sort of self-paced introductory class on beach formation and shaping.

Previously, I had tried to buy a copy of an out-of-print book about beaches and waves by Willard Bascom but I could not find one. I also got the impression that Bascom's book was not written for laypeople. Neal, Pilkey, and Kelley, OTOH, made their book both fascinating and easy to read. Lots of photos and illustrations help drive home the principles described in the text. Clear identification of photo locations also adds the "real life" element that sometimes is lacking in more generic treatments of the same features.

I consider this book to be a real "keeper" for all my future beach visits, regardless where on the Atlantic coast they may be. If I had read it when I was much, much younger I probably would have decided to study marine geology in college. People who live on the coast would do well to make this book required reading.

Now if only I could find a similar book on the Pacific coast!
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By otolith on February 18, 2010
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The book is full of excellent diagrams and photos to help illustrate the concepts. I really like how it is both scientific and informative. It is written in plain English and flows nicely. This book is an excellent supplement to an oceanography course.
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