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The Evolving Coast ("Scientific American" Library) [Paperback]

Richard A. Davis


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28 Feb 1997 0716760215 978-0716760214 New edition
In this strikingly illustrated volume, geologist Richard Davis explores the evolution, nature and dynamics of all kinds of coastal systems - from rugged cliffs with crashing surf; to wide sandy beaches with gentle waves; to deltas, coastal bays, estuaries, lagoons and barrier islands. He focuses on the tectonic plate movement and changes in sea level that shape a coastline's distinctive personality and assesses the growing pressures on natural coastal systems from increased human and commercial activity.

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Richard A. Davis, Jr., is Distinguished Research Professor in the Geology Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 4 May 2003
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I just would like to say that if you are interested in Coastal Morphology but didn't think that you could ever understand the science behind the processes, think again. This book was extremely well writen and easily understood. This was a text I had to buy for a class and is the first text that I actually liked to read. It helped me to understand the concepts of Coastal morphology and how the processes work. Wonderful easy read. Thanks to the author for writing such a great addition to college texts!!!
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My son, 14, is learning about estuaries and has found this book to be one of the more helpful ones he's read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Plate tectonics 26 Nov 2000
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Easy-to-read reference describing plate tectonics, erosion, changing sea levels, and other topics, with a focus on the coast. Although the term 'evolving' in its title does not refer to the evolution of life, the coast was indeed the environment where many of the most significant evolutionary advances took place.
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