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Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences

Product Code: SP388
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by I.P. Martini and H.R. Wanless
Publication Date: 24 October 2014
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Special Publication 388.

We live in a world where the loss of sea ice and thawing of coastal grounds in the north, and renewed marine transgression and an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events globally, are becoming commonplace. This volume presents a timely examination of coasts, the geological environment at particular risk, as global warming brings on this new reality. In 23 papers, low lying, mainly siliciclastic coasts are reviewed, described and analysed, under a variety of climates in quasi-stable tectonic settings along passive, trailing-continental edges from Polar Regions to the Tropics. Examples include coast of the Arctic seas, temperate to tropical eastern shores of the Americas, western Portugal, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, South Africa and Australia. The entire coastal zone (landscape) is considered ranging from geophysical processes and products to biological entities including the adaption of Native People in various climatic zones. Knowledge of the state of the coasts now, and how the coastal plain has evolved since Late Pleistocene, is crucial for any realistic planning for the future.

Published online 21/10/2014. Print copy available from 24/10/2014.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-374-5
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 600
Weight: 1.45 kg


Part One – Introduction and Worldwide Reviews

Martini, I. P. General considerations and highlights of low-lying coastal zones: passive continental margins from the poles to the tropics

Kelletat, D. H., Scheffers, A.M. & May, S. M. Coastal environments from polar regions to the tropics: a geographer’s zonality perspective

Urban-Malinga, B. Meiobenthos in marine coastal sediments

Mulrennan, M. E. On the edge: a consideration of the adaptive capacity of Indigenous Peoples in coastal zones from the Arctic to the Tropics

Part Two – Arctic and Subarctic Coasts

Overduin, P. P., Strzelecki, M. C., Grigoriev, M. N., Couture, N., Lantuit, H., St-Hilaire-Gravel, D., Günther, F. & Wetterich, S. Coastal changes in the Arctic

Forbes, D. L., Manson, G. K., Whalen, D. J. R., Couture, N. J. & Hill, P. R. Coastal products of marine transgression in cold-temperate and high-latitude coastal-plain settings: Gulf of St Lawrence and Beaufort Sea

Martini, I. P. & Morrison, R. I. G. Coasts of Foxe Basin, Arctic Canada

Ruz, M.-H. & Hesp, P. A. Geomorphology of high-latitude coastal dunes: a review


Part Three – Temperate Coastal Zones

Temperate cold/cool

Johnston, J. W., Thompson, T. A. & Wilcox, D. A. Palaeohydrographic reconstructions from strandplains of beach ridges in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Dashtgard, S. E., Pearson, N. J. & Gingras, M. K. Sedimentology, ichnology, ecology and anthropogenic modification of muddy tidal flats in a cold-temperate environment: Chignecto Bay, Canada

Hein, C. J., FitzGerald, D. M., Buynevich, I. V., Van Heteren, S. & Kelley, J. T. Evolution of paraglacial coasts in response to changes in fluvial sediment supply

Bujalesky, G. G., González Bonorino, G. & Abascal, L. Holocene coastal environments and processes in subantarctic/temperate cold Tierra del Fuego, Argentina-Chile

Temperate warm

Colombo, F., Serra, J. & Rivero, L. Río de la Plata inner estuary (Argentina): main forms, sedimentary infill and Holocene evolution

Dillenburg, S. R. & Barboza, E. G. The strike-fed sandy coast of Southern Brazil

Roberts, D., Cawthra, H. & Musekiwa, C. Dynamics of late Cenozoic aeolian deposition along the South African coast: a record of evolving climate and ecosystems

Short, A. D. Australia’s temperate carbonate coast: sources, depositional environments and implications

Costas, S., Brito, P., FitzGerald, D. & Goble, R. Climate-driven episodes of dune mobilization and barrier growth along the central coast of Portugal

Torres, T., Ortiz, J. E., Martín-Sánchez, D., Arribas, I., Moreno, L., Ballesteros, B., Blázquez, A., Domínguez, J. A. & Rodríguez Estrella, T. The long Pleistocene record from the Pego-Oliva marshland (Alicante-Valencia, Spain)

Anzidei, M., Lambeck, K., Antonioli, F., Furlani, S., Mastronuzzi, G., Serpelloni, E. & Vannucci, G. Coastal structure, sea-level changes and vertical motion of the land in the Mediterranean


Part Four – Subtropical to Tropical Coastal Zones

Wallace, D. J.,Woodruff, J. D., Anderson, J. B. & Donnelly, J. P. Palaeohurricane reconstructions from sedimentary archives along the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and western North Atlantic Ocean margins

Scheffers, A. M., Engel, M., May, S. M., Scheffers, S. R., Joannes-Boyau, R., Hänssler, E., Kennedy, K., Kelletat, D., Brückner, H., Vött, A., Schellmann, G., Schäbitz, F., Radtke, U., Sommer, B., Willershäuser, T. & Felis, T. Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse- and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment

Anthony, E. J., Gardel, A. & Gratiot, N. Fluvial sediment supply, mud banks, cheniers and the morphodynamics of the coast of South America between the Amazon and Orinoco river mouths

Billeaud, I., Caline, B., Livas, B., Tessier, B., Davaud, E., Frebourg, G., Hasler, C.-A., Laurier, D. & Pabian-Goyheneche, C. The carbonate-evaporite lagoon of Al Dakhirah (Qatar): an example of a modern depositional model controlled by longshore transport



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