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A Perspective on Coastal Dunes

  • M. L. Martínez
  • N. P. Psuty
  • R. A. Lubke
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 171)

Coastal dunes are eolian landforms that develop in coastal situations where an ample supply of loose, sand-sized sediment is available to be transported inland by the ambient winds. They are part of unique ecosystems which are at the spatial transition between continental/terrestrial and marine/aqueous environments. Coastal dunes are part of the sand-sharing system composed of the highly mobile beach and the more stable dune. A large variety of coastal dune forms are found inland of and above the storm-water level of sandy beaches and occur on ocean, lake, and estuary shorelines. They are distributed worldwide in association with sandy beaches, producing a wide range of coastal dune forms and dimensions related to spatial and temporal variations in sediment input and wind regime

Keywords

Sand Dune Sandy Beach Coastal Dune Dune System Coastal Sand Dune 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Martínez
    • 1
  • N. P. Psuty
    • 2
  • R. A. Lubke
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ecología VegetalInstituto de Ecología, A.CVeracruzMéxico
  2. 2.Institute of Marine and Coastal SciencesRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  3. 3.Botany DepartmentRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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