Encyclopedia of the World's Coastal Landforms

2010 Edition
| Editors: Eric C. F. Bird


  • Paul D. Komar
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8639-7_4


The Pacific coast of Oregon extends for nearly 700 km from the Washington border on the Columbia River in the north, to the border with California in the south ( Fig. 1.3.1). The Oregon coast is characterised by considerable geomorphic variability, with long stretches of rocky shore and major headlands formed of resistant volcanic rocks, which isolate sections of sandy beaches ranging in lengths from small pockets to littoral cells that extend for 10 s to over 100 km distances along the coast; the longest is the 250 km beach from Florence to Coos Bay, backed by the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, the most extensive coastal dune sheet in North America.


Wave Height Significant Wave Height Beach Sand North American Plate Oregon Coast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Komar
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  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA