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Holocene barrier-island geology and morphodynamics of the Maryland and Virginia open-ocean coasts: Fenwick, Assateague, Chincoteague, Wallops, Cedar, and Parramore Islands

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Randolph A. McBride
Randolph A. McBride
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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Michael S. Fenster
Michael S. Fenster
Environmental Studies Program, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, USA
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Christopher T. Seminack
Christopher T. Seminack
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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Trent M. Richardson
Trent M. Richardson
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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Julie M. Sepanik
Julie M. Sepanik
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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J. Thomas Hanley
J. Thomas Hanley
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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Joshua A. Bundick
Joshua A. Bundick
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
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Elizabeth Tedder
Elizabeth Tedder
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

This four-day field trip will include 21 field stops along a 105-km reach of Maryland’s and Virginia’s barrier-island coast along the Delmarva Peninsula. Along the way, we will cover aspects of barrier-island and nearshore geology and of barrier-island and backbarrier marsh process-response morphodynamic systems in two hydrodynamic settings: (1) the wave-dominated Assateague Island along the northern Delmarva Peninsula and (2) the mixed-energy Virginia barrier islands along the southern Delmarva Peninsula. We will also examine anthropogenic impacts on barrier-island systems at Ocean City Inlet, Maryland, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Island, Virginia.

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GSA Field Guide

Tripping from the Fall Line: Field Excursions for the GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2015

David K. Brezinski
David K. Brezinski
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Jeffrey P. Halka
Jeffrey P. Halka
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
40
ISBN electronic:
9780813756400
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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