Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes

Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes

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We live in a world where the loss of sea ice and thawing of coastal grounds in the north, and renewed marine transgression and an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events globally, are becoming commonplace. This volume presents a timely examination of coasts, the geological environment at particular risk, as global warming brings on this new reality. In 23 papers, low lying, mainly siliciclastic coasts are reviewed, described and analysed, under a variety of climates in quasi-stable tectonic settings along passive, trailing-continental edges from Polar Regions to the Tropics. Examples include coast of the Arctic seas, temperate to tropical eastern shores of the Americas, western Portugal, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, South Africa and Australia. The entire coastal zone (landscape) is considered ranging from geophysical processes and products to biological entities including the adaption of Native People in various climatic zones. Knowledge of the state of the coasts now, and how the coastal plain has evolved since Late Pleistocene, is crucial for any realistic planning for the future.... change on housing, infrastructure and transport connections, with rising maintenance costs and sometimes even a need to relocate (ACIA 2004). ... According to Milne (2008), Palaeo-Eskimos were preadapted to living in the eastern Arctic because of similarities to their place of origin which ... transportation medium allowing access to caribou grounds and various fishing areas and supporting community connections (Ford et al. ... the Little Ice Age ( 1600a€“1850 AD) to ON THE EDGE 85.

Title:Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes
Author:I.P. Martini, H.R. Wanless
Publisher:Geological Society of London - 2014-10-24


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