Coastal Erosion: Causes and Solutions Essay

1884 Words Dec 22nd, 2010 8 Pages
Levardis Smith
Katherine Luce
LR10 – Intro to Library Research
16 November 2010

Coastal Erosion: Causes and Solutions

More than half the world’s population lives in coastal regions, and many people visit the coast frequently. Most come for seaside recreation, but some also wonder about the origins of coastal scenery. From the United States to Australia to the UK and back, our coastlines are disappearing and we have been trying to stop it. Up and down the United States coastline, residents are worried about undermined cliffs, vanishing beaches and houses toppling into the sea. The California coast, which has soft cliffs of sedimentary rock and is heavily populated, regularly has incidents of housing damage as cliffs erode. In
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Chichester, England, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2008. NetLibrary. Web. 14 November 2010.
Summary: Coastal geomorphology deals with the shaping of coastal features (landforms), the processes at work on them and the changes taking place. Coastal geology is concerned with the rock formations and structures seen in cliff and shore outcrops, and the sediments that have been deposited in coastal regions. It provides the background for coastal geomorphology. Also, how it ties into erosion and the causes of erosion on beaches and coastlines. It demonstrates the dynamic nature of coastal landforms and provides a background for analytical planning and management decisions in coastal areas subject to continuing change.
Currency: Published in 2008, and is a 2nd Edition in a slew of books about the coasts of various continents, so it is relatively recent.
Relevance: Describes what causes erosion and how we as humans have been a part of a global catastrophe. Makes different points from various perspectives and gives examples and diagrams on what is happening.
Authority: Published in Chichester, England by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This publication company has also been featured in Australian Geographical Studies, The Geographical Journal and more. The Author has been featured on BBC America and has written four other books on Coastal Geomorphology.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to inform the public about how the coastlines are changing and what

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