Introduction to the rock coasts of the world
David M. Kennedy, Wayne J. Stephenson, Larissa A. Naylor, 2014. "Introduction to the rock coasts of the world", Rock Coast Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis, D.M. Kennedy, W. J. Stephenson, L. A. Naylor
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Rocky landforms dominate large portions of the world's coast. Cliffs and shore platforms form spectacular landscapes, yet when compared to other landforms they are relatively unstudied with many contemporary controversies dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. The past decade has seen a reinvigoration of research driven by advances in technology that now enable precise measurements of erosion to the micron scale and quantification of wave energy onto and through cliff edifices to be made, as well as being able to directly date rock surfaces. In order to integrate this diverse range of research this volume's regional approach first integrates the latest data with longstanding theory and then analyses this research through the boundary conditions that exist in each area. The volume brings together the research leaders in the field; includes chapters on nearly all the major rock coasts of the world and identifies future research needs.