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Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast / Edition 1

Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast / Edition 1

by Gary GriggsGary Griggs


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From sunny beaches where thousands escape the summer’s heat to wild and isolated rocky cliffs, California boasts one of the most spectacular and diverse shorelines in the world. Accompanied by numerous color photographs, diagrams, and maps, this guide explains why California’s Pacific Coast looks and works the way it does. Gary Griggs explores the dynamic forces that have created beaches and the coastline through lively discussions of tectonics, the formation of waves, rain and wind, changing climates and sea levels, human impacts, and coastal erosion. The guide answers such questions as:

• Where does all that sand come from?

• Can we harness the energy of waves?

• How fast does the coastline erode?

• What lies just off shore beneath the waves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520262904
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Series: California Natural History Guides , #99
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,033,329
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Gary Griggs is Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the co-author of The Santa Cruz Coast: Then and Now and Living with the Changing California Coast (UC Press), among other books.

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"Griggs is a first-class writer who knows the coastline."—Pacific Horticulture

"This comprehensive and fascinating book is a must-read for anyone who lives on or near the coast."—The Californian

"There's much in this book that should fascinate anyone living along the California coastline."—Coastviews

"The book will fascinate any person curious about what happens when the power of the sea meets a landmass."—

"A fascinating book."—Mountain Democrat

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