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ISBN-10: 0875907016

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ISBN-10: 1118667506

ISBN-13: 9781118667507

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Published through the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Short classes in Geology Series.

Two significant phenomena are making coastal land loss a right away challenge for society. the 1st of those is the "rush to the shore"-the severe improvement of coastal parts when you consider that international warfare II. Tens of millions of holiday houses were equipped, the towards the ocean the higher (Figure 1). This intensified shorefront improvement is going on around the world, fueled through a mix of inhabitants pressures and, in a few nations, exceptional person wealth and prosperity.


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The Terrebonne delta plain directly overlies the infilled Pleistocene valley of the Mississippi River. The thickness of the Holocene section in this region ranges between 91 and 183 m [Kolb and Van Lopik, 1958]. The western margin of the Terrebonne delta plain is adjacent to the prograding Atchafalaya River delta and is experiencing higher and higher river stages as a result. In contrast, the eastern portions of the Terrebonne delta plain are not affected by the Atchafalaya River. More than 2,409 km• of salt marsh occur in the Terre- bonne delta plain along with about 3,108 km2 of estuarine Copyright American Geophysical Union Short Courses in Geology 38 Coastal Land Loss Vol.

This delta lies south of Venice and consists of seven major distributaries. The delta has been building toward the edge of the continental shelf for approximately 400 years. Termed the "birdfoot," the Balize delta consists of a sequence of subdeltas that have overlapped to form the depositional surface. The thickness of the Holocene section exceeds 90 m [Coleman, 1988]. The main distributaries of the Balize delta are South- tidal inlets connect the St. Bernard wetlands and Chandeleur Sound to the Gulf of Mexico.

27. , 1988]. Copyright American Geophysical Union Short Courses in Geology B6 COASTAL LAND Coastal Land Loss Vol. ChenierRidge Terrace ::• Prograding Mud Flats •s0o kybp Significant Date (Gould andMcFarlan, 1959) LOUISIANA GI•OLOGICAL SURVEY Fig. 28. Physiographyof the chenier plain [Gould and McFarlan, 1959]. highest water levels along the shoreline are produced by tropical cyclones. 1 years. , 1988b]. 37 cm/yr (Figure 30). Based on an analysis of tide gage stations in tectonically stable areas of the Gulf of Mexico, the relative sea the coast for many miles inland.

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