Coastal Oceanography (B)


Coastlines are the interface between ocean and the land. In this second part of a two part lecture, we examine specific coastline habitats.

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Table of Contents

Title slide


Lagoon formation

Salt marshes

Salt marshes and other coastal environments

Salt marsh formation

Salt marsh profile

Example: Cape Cod

Example: San Fransisco Bay


Coral reefs

Example of a coral reef


Coral reef ecosystem

Coral Reef Classifications

The three stages of coral reef development

Evolution of coral reefs

Coral reefs consist of several distinct parts developed in response to their exposure to waves.

Morphology of a barrier reef

Coastlines are desirable areas for human habitation, but human activity conflicts with the dynamic state of coastal systems.

Erosive states of the US coastline

Beach erosion mitigation


Author: Sean Todd


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