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How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach: Lightning Fossils, Ghost Forests, and Other Sandy Clues

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Come explore the geology of Florida's Gulf Coast beaches, from a bird's-eye view down to a crab's-eye view. You'll journey from Panhandle sugar-sand beaches to southwestern shell beaches, taking a fresh look at the ever-changing landscape. With Tonya Clayton as your guide, you'll learn how to recognize the stories and read the clues of these dynamic shores, reshaped daily by winds, waves, and sometimes bulldozers or dump trucks.

This dynamic tour begins with a broad description of Florida's Gulf Coast, roaming from popular Perdido Key in the northwest to remote Cape Sable in the south. You'll first fly over large-scale coastal features such as the barrier islands, learning to spot signs of the many processes that shape the shores. In subsequent chapters you'll visit dunes and beaches to check out sand ripples, tracings, and other markings that show the handiwork of beach breezes, ocean waves, animal life, and even raindrops and air bubbles. You'll also encounter signs of human shaping, including massive boulder structures and sand megatransfers. With a conversational style and more than a hundred illustrations, How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach makes coastal science accessible, carrying vacationers and Florida natives alike on a lively, informative tour of local beach features.

About the Author

Tonya Clayton is a freelance science writer and editor.

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ISBN:
9780807882535
Subtitle:
A Guide to Shadow Dunes, Ghost Forests, and Other Telltale Clues from an Ever-Changing Coast
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Clayton, Tonya
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Long Key
Subject:
St. Pete Beach
Subject:
Upham Beach
Subject:
Pass-a-Grille
Subject:
Mullet Key
Subject:
Fort De Soto Park
Subject:
Anna Maria Island
Subject:
Holmes Beach
Subject:
Longboat Key
Subject:
Siesta Key
Subject:
Lido Key
Subject:
Venice Beach
Subject:
Caspersen Beach
Subject:
Manasota Key
Subject:
Casey Key
Subject:
Gasparilla Island
Subject:
Boca Grande
Subject:
Cayo Costa
Subject:
Tampa Bay
Subject:
Charlotte Harbor
Subject:
North Captiva Island
Subject:
Captiva Island
Subject:
Sanibel Island
Subject:
Ft. Myers Beach
Subject:
Estero Island
Subject:
Knight Island
Subject:
Big Hickory Island
Subject:
Lovers Key
Subject:
Little Hickory Island
Subject:
Naples
Subject:
Vanderbilt Beach
Subject:
Barefoot Beach
Subject:
Delnor-Wiggins State Park
Subject:
Keewaydin Island
Subject:
Marco Island
Subject:
Ten Thousand Islands
Subject:
Cape Romano
Subject:
Cape Sable
Subject:
Florida beaches
Subject:
Florida Gulf beaches
Subject:
understanding Florida Gulf beaches
Subject:
Florida beach ecology
Subject:
travel Florida beaches /
Publication Date:
20120402
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Pages:
228

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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Travel » North America » United States » Southern States

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