This book will help you explore the origins of coastal features, such as wave-cut rock cliffs, sea caves, and sea stacks, as well as sand and gravel beaches and coastal dunes. It unravels the wonderful mystery of how the birth of the San Andreas Fault system has created a new and complex shoreline that has enthralled visitors from around the world. Furthermore, it explains the changing face of the coastline through erosion during El Niños, the impacts of tsunamis, and the formation of spectacular raised marine terraces created as a result of changing sea level during the ice ages and the continuing rise of the Coast Ranges. The key ecological resources are described in detail for each of the major subdivisions of the coast. This general treatment of the coastal geology and ecology of Central California will help you understand this exceptional coast through a delightful and completely comprehensible narrative.
Two coastal geologists, who have decades of experience conducting scientific research on the California coast, tell their story of discovery and fascination through engaging conversation, richly illustrated original diagrams, photographs, and satellite imagery that paints a truly complete picture of a complex topic smoothly distilled from the scientific literature and personal observations along the coast.
Every coastal resident and visitor should have a copy of this book. It will help you discover new places to visit and "see" familiar places with new insights and appreciation.
8.5x11, 352 pages, quality perfect bound edition, 182 illustrations and color images
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