Muddy Coasts of the World: Processes, Deposits, and Function

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Terry R. Healy, Ying Wang, Judy-Ann Healy
Gulf Professional Publishing, 2002 - Science - 542 pages
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The SCOR (Scientific Committee on Ocean Research of ICSU) Working Group 106 was tasked with reviewing the geomorphic, sedimentary and oceanographic dynamics of muddy costs, assessing the impact of sea level rise on muddy coasts, especially in estuaries, and to recommend future research pathways relating to muddy coasts.

This book addresses these questions and includes chapters on the research issues of muddy coasts, the definition of muddy coasts, sea level rise effects on muddy coasts, fundamental dynamic processes effecting muddy coast formation, the role of mangrove and salt marsh vegetation, bio-geochemistry of muddy coast deposits, storm surge effects on muddy coasts, human impacts on muddy coasts, and a detailed geographical review of muddy coasts of the world.

The volume presents examples of muddy coasts sedimentation from many different environments of the world including the broad expanse muddy coast of China, muddy coasts of continental trailing edges (the Americas), muddy coasts in seasonally ice covered environments, muddy coasts in areas of tropical coral reefs, muddy coasts from the tropics, muddy coasts resulting from large river discharges, and muddy coasts of mid-latitude oceanic islands.
 

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Contents

Research issues of muddy coasts
1
Definition properties and classification of muddy coasts
9
Mudshore dynamics and controls
19
Distinguishing accretion from erosiondominated muddy coasts
61
Relative sea level changes and some effects on muddy coasts
83
Geographic distribution of muddy coasts
99
Bio chemical factors influencing deposition and erosion of fine grained sediment
203
Natural biological processes and controls
229
Human influences on muddy coasts
293
Tidal flats and associated muddy coast of China
319
Muddy coasts of midlatitude oceanic islands on an active plate margin New Zealand
347
Muddy coasts of India
375
Late Quaternary stratigraphy of the muddy tidal deposits west coast of Korea
391
Saltmarshes in the West Solent southern England their morphodynamics and evolution
411
Tidal dynamics in two contrasting muddy coastal environments Jiangsu and The Wash
441
Sediment content of the icecover in muddy tidal areas of the turbidity zone of the St Lawrence estuary and the problem of the sediment budget
463

Mangroves as indicators of sea level change in the muddy coasts of the world
245
Typhoon storm surge and some effects on muddy coasts
263
Fine sediment dynamics in the mangrove fringed muddy coastal zone
279
Morphodynamics of muddy environments along the Atlantic coasts of North and South America
479
Mud threat to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia
533
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