Chapter 9: The rock coast of the USA

Geological Society, London, Memoirs
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The coastline of the USA is vast and comprises a variety of landform types including barrier islands, mainland beaches, soft bluffed coastlines and hard rocky coasts. The majority of the bluffed and rocky coasts are found in the northeastern part of the country (New England) and along the Pacific coast. Rocky and bluffed landform types are commonly interspersed along the coastline and occur as a result of relative lowering of sea level from tectonic or isostatic forcing, which can occur on timescales ranging from instantaneous to millenia. Recent research on sea cliffs in the contiguous USA has focused on a broad range of topics from documenting erosion rates to identifying processes and controls on morphology to prediction modelling. This chapter provides a detailed synthesis of recent and seminal research on rocky coast geomorphology along open-ocean coasts of the continental United States (USA).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chapter 9: The rock coast of the USA
Series title Geological Society, London, Memoirs
DOI 10.1144/M40.9
Volume 40
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of London
Publisher location London
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Geological Society, London, Memoirs
First page 137
Last page 154
Country United States
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