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Coastal geomorphology of arctic Alaska

Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph

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Abstract

The treeless, tundra-plain of northern Alaska merges with the Arctic Ocean along a coastal area characterized by low tundra bluffs, and sparse coastal and delta dunes. Coastal engineering projects that aggrade or degrade permafrost will alter the geomorphology and rates of coastal processes by changing coastal stability. Similarly, projects that modify the ice environment (artificial islands) or the coastal configuration (causeways) will cause nature to readjust to the new process regime, resulting in modification of the coast. In this paper the authors describe the coastal geomorphology from Barrow to the Canadian border. In addition, they provide a general outline and extensive references of the major coastal processes operating in this environment that will be useful on coastal environments elsewhere in the Arctic.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Coastal geomorphology of arctic Alaska
Series title:
Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph
ISBN:
0872626393; 0872626393
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering Monograph
First page:
3
Last page:
30