How to Read a North Carolina Beach
Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels
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How to Read a North Carolina Beach by Orrin H. Pilkey
Book DescriptionTake 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 more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story. Orrin Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William Neal explore large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands. In addition, coastal life forms large and small - from crabs and turtles to microscopic animals - are all discussed here. The concluding chapter contemplates the future of North Carolina beaches, considering the threats to their survival and assessing strategies for conservation. This indispensable beach book offers vacationers and naturalists a single source for learning to appreciate and preserve the natural features of a genuine state treasure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807855102
(203mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Orrin H. Pilkey
Lessons from the Sand, Paperback (April 2016)
Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are coloured differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North and South Carolina.
Last Beach, Paperback (November 2014)
The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and the grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.
World's Beaches, Paperback (July 2011)» View all books by Orrin H. Pilkey
Explores the beach - one of the planet's most dynamic environments - from tourist beaches to Arctic beaches strewn with ice chunks to steaming hot tropical shores. This book tells how beaches work, explains why they vary so much, and shows how dramatic changes can occur on them in a matter of hours.
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Author Biography - Orrin H. Pilkey
Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University. Tracy Monegan Rice is a coastal geologist working for the federal government. William J. Neal is professor of geology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Pilkey and Neal are editors of the Living with the Shore book series.
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