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

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UNC Press Books, 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
 

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User Review  - Todd Stockslager - Goodreads

Co-authors: Tracy Monegan Rice and William J. Neal. Quick popular science look at North Carolina beach wind and wave formation, geology, sand and shell content and formation, and other phenomenon. Good book to take to the beach. Read full review

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User Review  - Heidi - Goodreads

I may get weary of this by the end (though it's a short read), but so far I'm enjoying all the bits of geology that define NC beaches, and for example, make the Outer Banks different to swim in than ... Read full review

Contents

The Big Picture Understanding Wind Waves and Sand
1
SeaLevel Change
5
Waves and the Currents They Form
8
ROGUE WAVES
14
TSUNAMIS
15
The Sand Supply of the Beach
17
SOURCES OF SAND
19
Groundwater in the Beach
20
Barrier Island Migration
69
Whats Happening Today?
72
Beach Clues Reading the Signs on the Beach
73
Air in the Beach
78
Holes Rings Blisters Pits and Volcanoes
79
How Currents and Winds Sculpt the Surface
86
The Modifier
101
Shipwrecks on the Beach
104

What Makes and Shapes a North Carolina Beach
23
BERMS
24
OFFSHORE BARS
25
Source and Composition of North Carolina Sand
29
HEAVY MINERALS
30
GRAVEL
34
North Carolina Dunes
37
Dune Types
39
Dune Forms and Features
44
DUNE SAND AND STRATIFICATION
46
DUNE GRASS
48
The Problems of Bulldozed and Artificial Dunes
49
The Civilian Conservation Corps Dunes
51
Barrier Islands The Platforms for Beaches
55
How Were Barrier Islands Formed?
60
How Do Barrier Islands Evolve?
62
The Ocean the Beach Life
106
Life Signs Beach Critters Past and Present
107
Brown and Black Shells
113
Shell Orientation
117
Sharks Teeth
118
Clams Crabs Turtles Birds and Other Large Creatures
119
Microscopic Critters in the Sand
129
An Uncertain Future
131
Conservation of Beaches
133
Whats Up?
135
So What?
136
Whats the Alternative?
143
Beach Terminology
145
Suggested Readings
153
Index
159
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About the author (2004)

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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