Glaciated Coasts

Glaciated Coasts

1st Edition - December 28, 1987

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  • Editors: Duncan M. Fitzgerald, Peter S. Rosen
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270203

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Glaciated Coasts is a collection of articles that deals with shoreline morphologies of glaciated coasts and the processes that formed these coastlines in North America. This book examines nonsandy shorelines and covers a range of geologic and geographic coastal settings in a northern-southern order. This text investigates and compares the glaciated northern shorelines. These shorelines north of the glacial limit are mostly of the primary form in different stages of modification by marine agents. Shorelines are associated with embayments; baymouth barriers in turn enclose embayments. This book describes beaches as having coarse or mixed sediment populations. Most beaches worldwide have gravel clasts that have been rounded and sorted by marine processes. In the southeastern coast of Alaska, active tectonics on a mountainous shoreline is evident. The region also shows emergent and submerging shorelines with a glacial imprint undergoing formation by modern processes. This book also gives examples of gravel beach environments in various coastal settings. This book can prove useful for students of meteorology, oceanography as well as to marine ecologists and biologists. It can also benefit readers whose interest lie with coastal environment or with the general earth sciences.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 Geomorphology of a Tectonically Active, Glaciated Coast, South-Central Alaska

    I. Introduction

    II. Physical Setting

    III. Coastal Geomorphology

    IV. Coastal Sedimentary Environments

    V. Summary


    Chapter 2 Fjord Sedimentation in Northern British Columbia

    I. Introduction

    II. Controls on Fjord Development and Sedimentation

    III. Burke Channel-North Bentinck Arm


    Chapter 3 Coarse-Grained Beach Sedimentation under Paraglacial Conditions, Canadian Atlantic Coast

    I. Introduction

    II. Glaciation in Atlantic Canada

    III. Postglacial Relative Sea Level and Tidal Adjustments

    IV. Modern Oceanographie Environment

    V. Beach Morphology and Sediments—Selected Examples

    VI. Beach Development Under Varying Sediment-Source Regimes

    VII. Beach Development Under Varying Relative-Sea-Level Regimes

    VIII. Beach Development Under Varying Dynamic Regimes

    IX. Conclusions


    Chapter 4 An Evolutionary Model for Transgressive Sedimentation on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia

    I. Introduction and Objectives

    II. Physical Processes

    III. Relative Sea Level

    IV. Coastal Geology

    V. Eastern Shore Processes and Morphology

    VI. Evolutionary Coastal Model

    VII. Discussion

    VIII. Conclusions


    Chapter 5 Holocene Evolution of the South-Central Coast of Iceland

    I. Introduction

    II. Glaciation

    III. Fluvioglacial Processes

    IV. Coastal Processes

    V. Shoreface and Continental Shelf

    VI. Conclusions


    Chapter 6 An Inventory of Coastal Environments and Classification of Maine's Glaciated Shoreline

    I. Introduction

    II. Coastal Climate

    III. Late Quaternary History

    IV. Bedrock Geology

    V. Methods

    VI. Results

    VII. Discussion

    VIII. Summary


    Chapter 7 Quaternary Stratigraphy of Representative Maine Estuaries: Initial Examination by High-Resolution Seismic Reflection Profiling

    I. Introduction

    II. Geologic Setting

    III. Methods

    IV. Discussion

    V. Conclusions


    Chapter 8 Controls and Zonation of Geomorphology Along a Glaciated Coast, Gouldsboro Bay, Maine

    I. Introduction

    II. Physical Setting

    III. Methods

    IV. Geomorphic Classes

    V. Controls of Coastal Geomorphology

    VI. Geomorphic Zonation

    VII. Conclusions


    Chapter 9 Sediment Accumulation Forms, Thompson Island, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts

    I. Introduction and Setting

    II. South Cuspate Spit: Drift Convergence and the Initiation of a Tombolo

    III. North Cuspate Spit: Migrating Spits and Gravel Ridge Forms

    IV. South Longshore Spit: Gravel Overwash and Bar Emergence

    V. Conclusions


    Chapter 10 Source of Pebbles at Mann Hill Beach, Scituate, Massachusetts

    I. Introduction

    II. Mann Hill Beach

    III. Offshore Sediment

    IV. Waves

    V. Wave-Induced Sediment Transport

    VI. Source of the Shingle on Mann Hill Beach


    Chapter 11 Shoreline Development of the Glacial Cape Cod Coastline

    I. Introduction

    II. Glacial Geology of Cape Cod

    III. Coastal Geomorphology of Cape Cod

    IV. Cape Cod's Fulcrum-Nodal Coastline

    V. Fulcrum Cliffline Erosion

    VI. Cape Cod Beach Sediment Patterns

    VII. Barrier Beach Analogs of Cape Cod

    VIII. Conclusion


    Chapter 12 Reworking of Glacial Outwash Sediments Along Outer Cape Cod: Development of Provincetown Spit

    I. Introduction

    II. Evolution of Provincetown Spit

    III. Methodology

    IV. Results

    V. Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 13 Development of the Northwestern Buzzards Bay Shoreline, Massachusetts

    I. Introduction

    II. Physical Setting

    III. Bedrock and Glacial Geology

    IV. Sediment Supply

    V. Shoreline Components and Processes

    VI. Discussion and Summary



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  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1987
  • Published: December 28, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270203

About the Editors

Duncan M. Fitzgerald

Peter S. Rosen

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