Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

2019 Edition
| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Boulder Barricades

  • Peter S. RosenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93806-6_55

Definition, Distribution and Historical Development

Boulder barricades are elongate rows of boulders that flank the coastline, separated from the shore by an intertidal flat (Fig. 1). They are the result of ice transport and therefore are found only in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. They are formed by the grounding of boulder-laden ice rafts in nearshore zones during spring ice break-up.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA