Living with the Changing California Coast

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University of California Press, 2005 - Nature - 540 pages
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Crowded into the beautiful, narrow strip at the edge of the ocean, the large number of people who live near California's dynamic coastline often have little awareness of the hazards—waves, tides, wind, storms, rain, and runoff—that erode and impact the coast and claim property on a regular basis. This up-to-date, authoritative, and easy-to-use book, a geological profile of the California coast from Mexico to the Oregon border, describes the landforms and processes that shape the coastline and beaches, documents how erosion has affected development, and discusses the options that are available for dealing with coastal hazards and geologic instability.

A completely revised and updated edition of Living with the California Coast (1985), this book features hundreds of new photographs and the latest data on human activity on the coast, on climate change, on rising seas levels, and on coastal erosion and protection. With its dramatic photographs and mile-by-mile maps, Living with the Changing California Coast will be an essential resource for those intending to buy or build along the coast, those who need specific information about various coastal regions, and those who are seeking information about how this remarkable coastline has evolved.

*279 photographs portray natural coastal features and processes and illustrate many instances of what can happen to buildings on the coast

*81 maps, covering the entire coast, detail types of coastal landforms, coastline erosion rates, locations of seawalls or armor, and other specific areas of interest

*Offers specific advice for homebuyers,residents, and developers on which areas to avoid, on what safety measures should be taken, and on what danger signals should be heeded
  

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WOW! Now they need to update it to include Tsunami events (like the one at Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton, near Half Moon Bay - April 1st 1946 -and Santa Cruz harbor March 11th, 2011.) And the Esplanade apartments evacuation in 2010 in Pacifica. I sold a house to a surfing couple that once lived in Shelter Cove beach at Pedro Point, Pacifica - but they moved out when they decided to purchase a house and have kids. The road down there had long since closed...hard to carry groceries in... and furniture out! (Let alone push a stroller!) My friend who lived in the Esplanade apartments also had to move...when the building was red-tagged by the city due to cliff erosion!
-Cid Young
 

Contents

THE EVOLUTION OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST
11
UNDERSTANDING THE SHORELINE
38
THE EROSION OF THE COASTLINE
75
BUILDING OR BUYING ON THE COAST
88
RESPONDING TO COASTAL HAZARDS
107
POINT DELGADA TO POINT ARENA
192
THE SAN FRANCISCO COASTLINE
222
ANO NUEVO TO THE MONTEREY PENINSULA
270
THE MONTEREY PENINSULA TO MORRO BAY
311
MORRO BAY TO POINT CONCEPTION
334
POINT CONCEPTION TO RINCON POINT
359
RINCON POINT TO SANTA MONICA
394
DANA POINT TO THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER
474
Useful References
515
Index
533
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About the author (2005)

Gary Griggs is Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is coauthor, with John A. Gilchrist, of Geologic Hazards: Resources and Land Use Planning (1983) and The Earth and Land Use Planning (1977). Kiki Patsch is Post-Graduate Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lauret Savoy is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

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