Geological Processes and Conservation Management Strategies for Barrier Islands of the Virginia Coast Reserve

by George F. Oertel, Old Dominion Univ, Barrier Island, Program, Norfolk, VA, USA,
John M. Hall, Old Dominion Univ, Barrier Island, Program, Norfolk, VA, USA,
Barry R. Truitt, Old Dominion Univ, Barrier Island, Program, Norfolk, VA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: A barrier island is a sandy deposit that is located immediately offshore and parallels a mainland coast. It is the principal environment of six interactive environments that make up the barrier island system (Oertel, 1985). Coastal processes involving winds, waves and tides mold and shape the morphological characteristics of barrier islands. These processes and the recent rise in sea level make barrier islands extremely mobile. This paper attempts to evaluate the processes effecting natural ecological balances and other human stresses that may affect the birdlife community structure.

Subject Headings: Coastal processes | Coastal management | Barrier islands | Ecological restoration | Coastal environment | Ocean waves | Interactive systems | North America | Virginia | United States

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