Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

The rock coast of the USA

By
Cheryl J. Hapke
Cheryl J. Hapke
US Geological Survey, St Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, 600 Fourth St South, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Peter N. Adams
Peter N. Adams
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, 241 Williamson Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Jonathan Allan
Jonathan Allan
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Coastal Field Office, Newport, OR 97365, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Andrew Ashton
Andrew Ashton
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 360 Woods Hole Rd, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Gary B. Griggs
Gary B. Griggs
Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 90560, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Monty A. Hampton
Monty A. Hampton
Emeritus, US Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Joseph Kelly
Joseph Kelly
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5790, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Adam P. Young
Adam P. Young
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gillman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 2014

Abstract

The coastline of the USA is vast and comprises a variety of landform types including barrier islands, mainland beaches, soft bluffed coastlines and hard rocky coasts. The majority of the bluffed and rocky coasts are found in the northeastern part of the country (New England) and along the Pacific coast. Rocky and bluffed landform types are commonly interspersed along the coastline and occur as a result of relative lowering of sea level from tectonic or isostatic forcing, which can occur on timescales ranging from instantaneous to millenia. Recent research on sea cliffs in the contiguous USA has focused on a broad range of topics from documenting erosion rates to identifying processes and controls on morphology to prediction modelling. This chapter provides a detailed synthesis of recent and seminal research on rocky coast geomorphology along open-ocean coasts of the continental United States (USA).

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Rock Coast Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis

D.M. Kennedy
D.M. Kennedy
The University of Melbourne, Australia
Search for other works by this author on:
W. J. Stephenson
W. J. Stephenson
University of Otago, New Zealand
Search for other works by this author on:
L. A. Naylor
L. A. Naylor
University of Glasgow, UK
Search for other works by this author on:
Geological Society of London
Volume
40
ISBN electronic:
9781862397002
Publication date:
January 01, 2014

GeoRef

References

Related

Citing Books via

Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal