How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels

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University of North Carolina Press, 2004 - Nature - 162 pages
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Take a walk on the beach with three coastal experts who reveal the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline. What makes sea foam? What are those tiny sand volcanoes along the waterline? You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story.
Orrin Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William Neal explore large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands. In addition, coastal life forms large and small--from crabs and turtles to microscopic animals--are all discussed here. The concluding chapter contemplates the future of North Carolina beaches, considering the threats to their survival and assessing strategies for conservation. This indispensable beach book offers vacationers and naturalists a single source for learning to appreciate and preserve the natural features of a genuine state treasure.
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What North Carolina island migrates sixteen feet toward the mainland every year?
What forms the tiny volcanoes of sand that ooze bubbles of water?
What is barking sand?
Why do you sometimes sink ankle-deep in beach sand?
What type of wave is not formed by wind?
Why are clamshells usually found open-side-down in the sand?
You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story.
Take a walk on the beach with three coastal experts who reveal the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline.
Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press

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Contents

Understanding Wind Waves and Sand
1
what Makes and Shapes a North Carolina Beach
23
North Carolina Dunes
37
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Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University.

Tracy Monegan Rice is a coastal geologist and ecologist working in private consulting.

William J. Neal is professor emeritus of geology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

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