Coastal Geomorphology: An Introduction by Eric Bird

By Eric Bird

Coastal Geomorphology, moment variation is a entire and systematic creation to the topic and demonstrates the dynamic nature of coastal landforms, supplying a history for analytical making plans and administration recommendations in coastal components topic to carrying on with alterations. This introductory textbook has been thoroughly revised and up to date, and is supplemented through an internet site which gives extra illustrations, worldwide examples, case experiences and extra exact and complex details on subject matters referenced within the booklet, including factors of terminology, annotated references and study fabric. This booklet will give you the reader with a coastal geomorphology details process that would let them to keep on with up specific issues in additional aspect if required.This booklet should be a useful reference for undergraduate and graduate scholars taking proper classes inside of actual geography, geology and different comparable earth and environmental technological know-how topics. thoroughly revised and up-to-date to incorporate fresh occasions corresponding to the Indian Ocean tsunami and New Orleans flooding, presents international examples of coastal beneficial properties and method relationships from Britain, Europe, North the United States and Australasia, a scientific method of coastal geomorphology to reinforce pupil knowing, comprises key dialogue at the results of human task on coasts and their carrying on with contribution to coastal landform alterations, contains a site with extra references and case experiences.

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1. Rip currents flow back into the sea through breaking waves at intervals along the shore. 7 2. Wave-generated currents flow alongshore when waves arrive at an angle to the shoreline. 8 3. Tidal currents are ebb and flow (flood) currents generated by falling and rising tides. 1 4. Ocean currents are slow mass movements of water in response to variations in water temperature and salinity, atmospheric pressure and wind stress. 1 5. Wind-generated currents flow in the direction of the wind. 2 6. Fluvial currents are the discharge where a river flows into the sea.

2 shows a classification of coastal dimensions. Variations in geomorphology around the world’s coastline were illustrated by Bird and Schwartz (1985) and documented in The World’s Coasts: Online (Bird, 2003). 6 Coastal evolution The shaping of coastal landforms has been influenced by a range of morphogenic factors. These include geology, which determines the pattern of rock outcrops on the coast, on the sea floor and in the hinterland, and movements of the Earth’s crust, which result in uplift, tilting, folding, faulting and subsidence of coastal rock formations.

Around the British Isles wave regimes are determined largely by winds in coastal waters, ocean swell reaching the Atlantic coasts and penetrating the English Channel, the Irish Sea and the northern North Sea only to a limited extent. On many coasts a particular wave direction is clearly dominant. The south coast of England, for example, is dominated by waves produced by the prevailing SW winds, and much of the east coast of Australia has a prevalence of SE wave action. Other coasts show greater variation: the North Norfolk coast in England has waves arriving from the NW, north and NE according to local wind conditions, which change with the 17 passage of depressions and anticyclones.

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