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Barrier island protection system hearing before the Subcommittee on Parks, Recreation, and Renewable Resources of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, second session, on S. 2686 ... June 12, 1980. by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Subcommittee on Parks, Recreation, and Renewable Resources.

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  • Barrier islands -- Law and legislation -- United States.,
  • National parks and reserves -- Law and legislation -- United States.,
  • Coastal zone management -- Law and legislation -- United States.

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LC ClassificationsKF26 .E5565 1980e
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Paginationiii, 465 p. :
Number of Pages465
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4239477M
LC Control Number80604056

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This change in the system pushes the barrier island landward. Impact 4 - The storm surge completely covers the barrier island, destroys the dune system and pushes sediments landward (approximately miles/1 km). This is a permanent change to the barrier island or portions of it. Overall, barrier-island morphology and stratigraphy are strongly influenced by extreme storms (e.g., Hurricane Ivan in ), resulting in regional overwash and landward-dipping stratigraphy (Horwitz and Wang, ).Along the wider portion of the barrier island, dune erosion and washover deposition in the low-lying barrier interior dominate the morphologic response to .   Barrier Islands provide protection for wildlife, plants, and humans. NPS Photo. Gulf Islands National Seashore protects seven barrier islands. These dynamic bars of sand parallel to the mainland are treasures at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The name “barrier” describes how these islands protect natural and human communities against ocean. Barrier island geology is complicated in that there are numerous distinct sedimentary depositional environments, some having lateral continuity and some that do not. It is further complicated by such variables a sea level change, sediment supply and the relative influence of wave- and tide-dominated processes.

Louisiana’s barrier islands are part of a complex system controlled by many overlapping and interrelated processes. The four primary barrier island systems have been monitored and evaluated by recent efforts, such as the Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) program, the monitoring of the Emergency Berms, and project specific efforts. Great Barrier Island (Māori: Aotea) lies in the outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, kilometres (62 mi) north-east of central an area of square kilometres ( sq mi) it is the sixth-largest island of New Zealand and fourth-largest in the main chain. Its highest point, Mount Hobson, is metres (2, ft) above sea level. The local authority is the Auckland Council.   The system consists of three Tainter gates, five pumps for river water, and two to foot high stone and earth levees or dikes along the river's bank. At a cost of $16 million ( dollars), state and local government paid only 30 percent of the cost while the federal government subsidized most of the cost of the hurricane barrier system.   Barrier islands - coastal barriers completely detached from the mainland. Barrier spits may become barrier islands if their connection to the mainland is severed by creation of a permanent inlet. The barrier island represents a broad barrier beach, commonly sufficiently above high tide to have dunes, vegetated zones, and wetland areas.

We focused on two islands that serve as end members in terms of island geomorphology (i.e. size, elevation, topographic complexity and disturbance history) within the Virginia barrier island system (Fig. 1, Table 1). Hog Island (Lat. N, Lon. W) is the larger, higher, and less frequently disturbed of the two islands.   Get this from a library! Barrier island protection system: hearing before the Subcommittee on Parks, Recreation, and Renewable Resources of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate ; Ninety-sixth Congress, second session ; on S. ; J [United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural . Barrier islands represent a complex coastal system that includes a number of different sedimentary depositional environments; nearshore zone, beach, dunes, washover fans, marshes, tidal flats, estuaries, lagoons, and tidal inlets. The morphodynamics of these fragile coastal systems provide a further complication to this coastal type. Beyond these shallow bays lie Virginia's barrier islands which are almost entirely in conservation ownership. These islands form a chain that protects the seaside's tidal creeks, bays, marshes and the mainland. Shorebirds abound as do shellfish and finfish. If you are lucky, and look closely you may see an occasional seahorse or pipefish.