The Beaches Are Moving: The Drowning of America’s Shoreline

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Duke University Press, 1983 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Our beaches are eroding, sinking, washing out right under our houses, hotels, bridges; vacation dreamlands become nightmare scenes of futile revetments, fills, groins, what have you—all thrown up in a frantic defense against the natural system. The romantic desire to live on the seashore is in doomed conflict with an age-old pattern of beach migration. Yet it need not be so. Conservationist Wallace Kaufman teams up with marine geologist Orrin H. Pilkey Jr., in an evaluation of America's beaches from coast to coast, giving sound advice on how to judge a safe beach development from a dangerous one and how to live at the shore sensibly and safely.
 

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A superb popular introduction to the geology of beaches and barrier islands and the complexities of coastal zone management. Its central thesis--that beaches are dynamic systems that we try to hold in ... Read full review

Contents

The Beaches Are Moving
12
Whos Afraid of Sea Level?
17
The Beaches Are Made of Continents
27
Energy Winds Waves and Tides
65
The Beach Is Four Miles Wide
84
Barrier Islands Let the Lighthouse Fall
94
The Human Nature of Natural Disaster
114
The Will to Power An Old World Heritage
151
Engineered Shorelines The Point of No Return
188
Who Owns the Beaches?
223
How to Live with a Beach
252
Its Not All Over Now
285
Checklist for Buying or Building on the Beach
295
The Most Beautiful and the Most Beleaguered Beaches on Three Coasts
303
Bibliography of Useful References
321
Index
327

Sand Castles and Supermen
164

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