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Section 10
Coastal Processes

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 10: Coastal Processes.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about plate tectonics and coastal settings, visit the following web sites:

    Coastal Morphology and Classification, University of Puerto Rico
    Describes how coasts are shaped by tectonic and structural features.  Compares east and west coasts and how they are influenced by tectonic forces.

    Oceans and Coastal Zones, Tulane University
    Describes the factors that influence coastal areas.  Section titled, “Types of Coasts” and “Coastal Evolution” examines east and west coast coastal processes.

    The Gulf of Mexico, NOAA
    Examines the influence of underlying geology on coastal landforms of the east coast.

  2. To learn more about sea level and how it is measured, visit the following web sites:

    Frequently Asked Questons, NOAA
    Explains what sea level is and how it changes with time.

    Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data, NOAA
    Examines how sea level is measured and the technology used to measure changes in sea level.

  3. To use an Earth imaging program to learn about coastal processes, visit the following web sites:

    Visible Earth
    Search through a catalogue of NASA images and animations.

    Earth Science World Image Bank, AGI
    Search through over 6,000 photographs of Earth science related images. 

  4. To learn more about coastal erosion hazards, visit the following web sites:

    Coastal Hazards, NOAA
    Examines a variety of natural hazards that can occur along U.S. coasts, including coastal erosion.

    Coastal Erosion, USGS
    Examines the process of coastal erosion, sediment transport, causes of coastal erosion, as well as mitigation strategies including breakwaters and concrete barriers.

    Coastal Processes, NPS
    In depth look at coastal processes, including coastal erosion and modifications to the coast to prevent hazards.

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Coastal Processes

Coastal Processes, NPS
Comprehensive examination of coastal processes, including waves, tides, currents, shoreline weathering and erosion, changes in sea level, and coastal hazards.

Coastal Change, USGS
Reviews coastal processes that continually change coasts, such as waves, tides, weather, water level changes, and vegetation.

Physical Agents of Land Loss: Waves, Currents, & Storm Surges, USGS
Looks at the effects of winter storms, hurricanes, and El Niño events on coastal areas.

Coastal Geologic Processes, Maine Geological Survey
Examines the ways in which winds, waves, tides, and currents continually reshape coastal environments.

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