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The Beach Book: Science of the Shore Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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...interesting to anyone curious about the science of the shore. (Library Journal)
...for the serious minded beachgoer... (Los Angeles Times)
Fascinating phenomena ― from surf beat, edge waves and beach cusps to the dunes known as barchans ― bob through this crisply written guide to ecology and geology at the edge. (Nature)
...offers material not only for science junkies but for anyone who loves the beach experience. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
It is an easy read for those who live by the shore and want a good, simple understanding of why it's there, what is going on now, and what might happen in the future... (Andrew D. Short Oceanography)
Engaging and easy to read.... This book helps readers understand the physical processes that form that shore... Highly recommended. (Choice)
a good comprehensive introduction to the shore... (Judith S. Weis Quarterly Review of Biology)
About the Author
Carl H. Hobbs is a professor of marine science at Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary. His research interests include coastal geology and processes, the geologic history of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding region, marine archaeology, and the environmental consequences of marine sand mining and beach nourishment. Additionally, with colleagues from the Center for Archaeological Research and the Department of Geology at William & Mary, he has investigated physical changes to Jamestown Island that have occurred since the beginning of the Holocene, when humans first inhabited the region.
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The chapter titles are beaches, wind, waves, tides, sediments, barrier islands and tidal inlets, sand dunes and salt marshes, sea level and sea level rise, storms and storm surge, and erosion and shore protection. As noted in the introduction, each chapter can stand alone for those interested in the specific topics.