Stabilization of Dunes with Flexible Mattresses

by Alan D. Crowhurst, Maccaferri Gabions Inc, Williamsport, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


Dunes, constantly moving due to influences of sea and wind, are inherently unstable and in many, if not most situations, are best left in their natural state of change. Where there is need to maintain a profile due to the vicinity of buildings, physical plant or other permanent constraint, the use of planting or sand fences may not be sufficient. In such cases the use of wire enclosed rip-rap has a number of advantages, not least the ability of such structures to be buried within the dune and to support vegetation.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Ecosystems | Construction costs | Soil stabilization | Seas and oceans | Wind engineering | Sandy soils | Fences

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