Synopses & Reviews
While the coast of the Pacific Northwest becomes populated with houses, condominiums, motels, and restaurants, its beaches and cliffs continue to be altered by ocean currents and winter storms. A companion volume to Living with the Shore of Puget Sound and the Georgia Strait
, The Pacific Northwest Coast
serves as a source of information about the coast of the Pacific Northwest, its geological setting, the natural responses of beaches and cliffs to ocean processes, and the ever-present problem of erosion.
In this guide, Paul D. Komar, one of the nationandrsquo;s leading coastal oceanographers, examines the lessons taught by ages of geological and cultural history. With explanations of the areaandrsquo;s geological evolution, including natural shoreline erosion and sea-cliff landsliding, Komar details human interaction with the coast: erosion caused by early settlers, the development and destruction of Bayocean Spit, the disastrous effects caused by the 1982andndash;1983 El Niandntilde;o, and the notorious failure of a construction project on the picturesqueandaelig;but unstableandaelig;bluffs at Jump-Off Joe. Emphasizing the actual and potential harm to human projects and to the natural heritage of the coast, Komar provides the knowledge necessary for finding a safe home near the shore while preserving the beauty that draws us to it.
While the coast of the Pacific Northwest becomes ever more populated and developed, its beaches and cliffs continue to be altered by ocean currents and winter storms. Coastal oceanographer Paul Komar reminds readers of the area's geological and cultural history and the ever-present problem of erosion. He issues an urgent call for changes in shoreline management and attitudes toward development. 41 figures. 20 maps. 112 photos.
How to cope with natural disasters on the Washington and Oregon coast, part of the Living with the Shore Series.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -191) and index.
About the Author
Paul D. Komar is Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University. He is the author of Beach Processes and Sedimentation and the editor of Handbook of Coastal Processes and Erosion.