Erosional channels on the shoreface of Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Geo-Marine Letters
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Abstract

Many channels (1 to 3 m relief)_are located offshore of Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in water 4 to 18 m deep. The channels are oblique to the shoreline, are spaced approximately 260 m apart, and deepen seaward. The southern flank of each channel is rippled whereas the northern flank and interchannel areas are smooth. The origin of the channels is unknown. They probably formed by erosion of the shoreface, perhaps by rip-current circulation during storm conditions or by rip-current circulation under quiet conditions. The channels may control current flow and thereby maintain themselves even though formative conditions may no longer exist.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Erosional channels on the shoreface of Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Series title Geo-Marine Letters
DOI 10.1007/BF02462801
Volume 2
Issue 1-2
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 61
Last page 64
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Cape Cod, Nauset Beach
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