Living with the Coast of Alaska

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Facing two oceans and three seas, Alaska’s coastline stretches through bays, fjords, and around islands for 45,000 miles. Living with the Coast of Alaska, a new volume in the Living with the Shore series, is a user’s guide for both present and future inhabitants of Alaska. Providing individual property owners in all regions of the state with the fundamentals of hazard recognition and mitigation strategy, the authors discuss the geological history of Alaska and its relation to the area’s cultural history and ...
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Overview


Facing two oceans and three seas, Alaska’s coastline stretches through bays, fjords, and around islands for 45,000 miles. Living with the Coast of Alaska, a new volume in the Living with the Shore series, is a user’s guide for both present and future inhabitants of Alaska. Providing individual property owners in all regions of the state with the fundamentals of hazard recognition and mitigation strategy, the authors discuss the geological history of Alaska and its relation to the area’s cultural history and present customized hazard risk assessments for coastal communities.
Describing the dynamic nature of natural seismic events and coastal processes in Alaska, the authors emphasize the multiplicity of potential effects that result from a unique combination of geology, climate, and the sea. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami waves, avalanches, glacial advances, storm surges, flash flooding, wind channeling, and shoreline erosionæcombined with human-induced hazards such as oil spills, fire, and beach and offshore mining accidentsæmake living with danger a way of life in Alaska. The authors provide information on federal and state laws and programs regarding natural disasters and coastal zone management as well as practical suggestions for the design and construction of buildings. For private, commercial, and public developments, this book offers a manual to help Alaskans make informed decisions to minimize, if not avoid, damage and danger.
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Journal of Geoscience Education
Dr. Owen Mason and his co-authors provide a surprisingly comprehensive tour and overview of the coastal regions of Alaska along with a menu of the natural hazards which affect them. . . . [A] valuable reference book that belongs in the library of any geologist, archeologist, coastal geomorphologist, or other scientist who works at sites along Alaska's shore, as well as any person who is interested in the coastal environments of America's largest state. This book could be used to teach a directed, topical class or as part of a seminar on the coastal environments and natural hazards of Alaska. This book is an important contribution toward introducing the diverse coastal environments of Alaska to anyone who lives, works in, or cares about the spectacular coastal areas of Alaska.
Choice Magazine
This excellent book informs about the potential hazards associated with settlement and development of Alaska's extensive, rugged shoreline. . . . The writing is cogent and accessible to the nonspecialist. . . Essential reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822320197
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Living with the Shore Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Mason is a Research Associate at the Quaternary Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

William J. Neal is Professor of Geology at Grand Valley State University.

Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University.

Jane Bullock is Chief of Staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Ted Fathauer is Meterorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Deborah Pilkey is a graduate research assistant at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Part 1. The Lay of the Land and Its Occupation by Humans

1. Nature's Dangerous Brew: Geology, Climate, and the Coast 3

2. Settling Alaska: 11,000 Years of Human History 21

Part 2. Hazards in Alaska

3. Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis: A Deadly Trio 37

4. The Problem of Unstable Slopes 59

5. Wind, Ice, and Sea 81

6. Shoreline Erosion 97

7. River Flooding in Coastal Alaska 115

8. Human-Induced Hazards and Health Risks 123

Part 3. Risk Evaluation for Alaska's Coastal Communities

9. Arctic Alaska 133

10. Southwest Alaska: The Bering Sea Coast 153

11. The Gulf of Alaska and South-Central Coast 179

12. Southeast Alaska 225

Part 4. Responding to Alaska's Hazards

13. Mitigating Wind, Snow Loading, and Permafrost Hazard Impacts through Construction 259

14. Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction 275

15. Natural Hazards and Coastal Zone Management in Alaska 287

Appendixes

A. Responding to Hazards: Checklists

A1. Earthquake Checklists 299

A2. Volcanic Ash Checklists 304

A3. Tsunami Checklists 307

A4. Flood Checklists 309

A5. Winter Storm Checklists 310

B. A Guide to Federal and State Agencies 313

C. References 321

Index 345

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