The Pacific Northwest Coast: Living with the Shores of Oregon and Washington

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Duke University Press, 1997 - History - 195 pages
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While the coast of the Pacific Northwest becomes populated with houses, condominiums, motels, and restaurants, its beaches and cliffs continue to be altered by ocean currents and winter storms. A companion volume to Living with the Shore of Puget Sound and the Georgia Strait, The Pacific Northwest Coast serves as a source of information about the coast of the Pacific Northwest, its geological setting, the natural responses of beaches and cliffs to ocean processes, and the ever-present problem of erosion.
In this guide, Paul D. Komar, one of the nation's leading coastal oceanographers, examines the lessons taught by ages of geological and cultural history. With explanations of the area's geological evolution, including natural shoreline erosion and sea-cliff landsliding, Komar details human interaction with the coast: erosion caused by early settlers, the development and destruction of Bayocean Spit, the disastrous effects caused by the 1982-1983 El Ni o, and the notorious failure of a construction project on the picturesque but unstable bluffs at Jump-Off Joe. Emphasizing the actual and potential harm to human projects and to the natural heritage of the coast, Komar provides the knowledge necessary for finding a safe home near the shore while preserving the beauty that draws us to it.

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Sea Level and Its Imprint on the Northwest Coast
Formation of the Northwest Estuaries
Beach Cycles on the Northwest Coast
The Extreme Coastal Hazard
The Development and Destruction of Bayocean Spit
Patterns of Erosion Due to Jetties
The Erosion and Breaching of Nestucca Spit
Responses of Oregon Beaches to El Nino
Landslides and Property Losses
The Northwest CoastA Heritage to Be Preserved

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Paul D. Komar is Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University. He is the author of Beach Processes and Sedimentation and the editor of Handbook of Coastal Processes and Erosion.

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