Links for Coastal Geology
- Latest review of beach erosion.Story from ABC News OnLine, July 20, 2000.
- Gloomy prospect for future losses in coastal erosion, July 3, 2000.
- Frightening new report about US coastal erosion. Story by Cornelia Dean in the New York Times, June 28, 2000.
- Crumbling Coastline, an article from the San Francisco Examiner on coast erosion in Northern California. March 1998.
- Were the home owners at Pacifica unlucky, or stupid?. This is March 1999. La Honda is a different story: an inland landslide area; but it's obvious that Pacifica is built on the edge of an unstable cliff.
- The Oregon Coast Highway: a tourist attraction and maintenance nightmare. From the Eugene Register-Guard, February 27, 2000.
- England's crumbling white cliffs: four stories from BBC News OnLine:
Hurricanes: Geological Effects
The 1999 Hurricane Season
- Hurricane Dennis, 1999. I have only included a few stories from Hurricane Dennis. Dennis caused a lot of damage to the coastline after it dropped to "merely" a tropical storm, but the details were blurred because Hurricane Floyd arrived soon afterwards.
- Hurricane Floyd, 1999.
Previous Hurricane Seasons
- Hurricane Mitch, 1998: tremendous damage in Central America.
- Hurricane Georges, 1998.
- Hurricane Bonnie, 1998
- Hurricane Fran, 1996.
- Hurricane Opal, 1995.
- Hurricane Gilbert, 1988.
- Hurricane Celia, 1970.
- Hurricane Camille, 1969.
- The Galveston hurricane of 1900
Man and Sand
Whether beaches erode slowly or catastrophically doesn't really matter in the great cosmic scheme of things. But when people think they "own" the beach, there is real trouble. Here are some general sites and some specific case studies of methods and attempts to "repair" damage to sandy beaches. The case studies are generally clockwise around the coast of the United States.
- New York: Long Island, 1997.
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Panama City, Florida, December 1996. Two stories from the Panama City News Herald:
- Oregon tries to bring some geological expertise to bear on coast development, March 1999. That reflects both current and past problems.
- Tillamook County, Oregon: ruin the beach, or lose it?
- First a story from 1998. Shall wealthy folks who built luxury homes right on the dune facing the Pacific Ocean be allowed to put giant boulders on the beach to save their homes?. From the Oregonian, February 1998.
- Now we'll replay it: Homeowners along the beach want riprap. The Oregonian, October 16, 1999.
- "Emergency permission" granted, as the first serious storm approaches. The Oregonian, October 28, 1999.
- Next (19 November 1999) they asked for permission to place permanent rocks on the beach. (And they received it - I don't have a link for that decision yet.)
- Meanwhile, just down the coast, a famous (and beautiful) State Park is washing away. Story from The Oregonian, Tuesday, March 14, 2000.
- The mouth of the Columbia, Oregon/Washington
An appeal to the Army Corps of Engineers for sanity in trying to "improve" it
Coastal Problems by Region
- Pacific Blues, a special feature series on the California coast from the Sacramento Bee.
- Dying Sea, a special feature series on the Gulf of California, originally published in the Sacramento Bee in 1995, and updated in 1999.
- San Francisco airport may expand into the Bay. Article from the San Francisco Examiner, April 1999.
- San Francisco Bay is in REAL trouble.Sound environmental efforts have succeeded in stopping the gross pollution of former years. However, we are down now to the accumulating small-scale pollution of several million people. The problem now is too many people, and that problem is not going to go away. One wonders whether there is ANY solution now, and I would guess that there is not. From the San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 1999.
- Don't eat fish caught in San Francisco Bay. From the San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 1999.
- Oysters vs. sewage in Tomales Bay. From the San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 1998.
- Tijuana sewage and San Diego beaches. From the San Francisco Chronicle, December 29, 1998.
- Whales and turtles versus Mitsubishi and the Mexican Government. Guess who's winning?
- Sea otters vs. orcas in Alaska waters. New York Times, January 1999. Guess who's winning? But what caused the confrontations?
- Should we allow abalone farming on the California coast?. Here are two articles: one from the Sacramento Bee, and one from the San Francisco Chronicle, both from July 16, 1999.
Gulf of Mexico and Florida
Last updated, September 26, 2000.
Links last checked, September 24, 2000.
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