The Beach: A Pile of Sand

by Douglas J. Sherman, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0255, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sand Rights '99: Bringing Back the Beaches


Beaches are common features along most of the earth's coastlines. The presence of a beach requires at that site the processes of sediment accretion have dominated over the processes of erosion. On most of California's shoreline, the sand piles are getting smaller. This paper provides an overview of the processes responsible for such changes.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Coastal processes | Coastal management | Beach protection and nourishment | Erosion | Sediment | Sandy soils | California | United States

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