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The Pacific Northwest Coast: Living with the Shores of Oregon and Washington - Living with the Shore (Hardback)
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The Pacific Northwest Coast: Living with the Shores of Oregon and Washington - Living with the Shore (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 19/02/1998
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While the coast of the Pacific Northwest becomes populated with houses, condominiums, motels, and restaurants, its beaches and cliffs continue to be altered by ocean currents and winter storms. A companion volume to Living with the Shore of Puget Sound and the Georgia Strait, The Pacific Northwest Coast serves as a source of information about the coast of the Pacific Northwest, its geological setting, the natural responses of beaches and cliffs to ocean processes, and the ever-present problem of erosion.
In this guide, Paul D. Komar, one of the nation's leading coastal oceanographers, examines the lessons taught by ages of geological and cultural history. With explanations of the area's geological evolution, including natural shoreline erosion and sea-cliff landsliding, Komar details human interaction with the coast: erosion caused by early settlers, the development and destruction of Bayocean Spit, the disastrous effects caused by the 1982-1983 El Nino, and the notorious failure of a construction project on the picturesqueaebut unstableaebluffs at Jump-Off Joe. Emphasizing the actual and potential harm to human projects and to the natural heritage of the coast, Komar provides the knowledge necessary for finding a safe home near the shore while preserving the beauty that draws us to it.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822320104
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book offers important lessons and valuable advice to coastal planners and coastal residents--and not just those of Oregon and Washington. The excellent case study material in "The Pacific Northwest Coast "could become part of a curricula for courses in natural hazards, coastal management, and coastal geomorphology. If you care about the coast, this book is a worthy addition to your library."
--Douglas J. Sherman, "Geographical Review"

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