The Battle for North Carolina's Coast: Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, and Vision for the Future

The Battle for North Carolina's Coast: Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, and Vision for the Future

by Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea V. Ames, Stephen J. Culver, David J. Mallinson
     
 

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The North Carolina barrier islands, a 325-mile-long string of narrow sand islands that forms the coast of North Carolina, are one of the most beloved areas to live and visit in the United States. However, extensive barrier island segments and their associated wetlands are in jeopardy. In The Battle for North Carolina's Coast, four experts on coastal dynamics…  See more details below

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The North Carolina barrier islands, a 325-mile-long string of narrow sand islands that forms the coast of North Carolina, are one of the most beloved areas to live and visit in the United States. However, extensive barrier island segments and their associated wetlands are in jeopardy. In The Battle for North Carolina's Coast, four experts on coastal dynamics examine issues that threaten this national treasure.

According to the authors, the North Carolina barrier islands are not permanent. Rather, they are highly mobile piles of sand that are impacted by sea-level rise and major storms and hurricanes. Our present development and management policies for these changing islands are in direct conflict with their natural dynamics. Revealing the urgency of the environmental and economic problems facing coastal North Carolina, this essential book offers a hopeful vision for the coast's future if we are willing to adapt to the barriers' ongoing and natural processes. This will require a radical change in our thinking about development and new approaches to the way we visit and use the coast. Ultimately, we cannot afford to lose these unique and valuable islands of opportunity. This book is an urgent call to protect our coastal resources and preserve our coastal economy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Riggs and his co-authors deserve a lot of credit for their ideas. Hopefully somebody will take them seriously.--Lawyers, Guns and Money blog

Readers will walk away with a deep understanding of the forces that created and continue to rework North Carolina's unsettled coast.--Raleigh News and Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807878071
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/05/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
8 MB

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The Battle for North Carolina's Coast provides a flood tide of fascinating insights based on decades of keen observation and scientific research. It is a must read to fully understand our dynamic North Carolina coast and its future.--Todd Miller, executive director, North Carolina Coastal Federation

Meet the Author

Stanley R. Riggs is Distinguished Research Professor and Harriot College Distinguished Professor of geology at East Carolina University.
Dorothea V. Ames is a research instructor in geology at East Carolina University.
Stephen J. Culver is Harriot College Distinguished Professor and chair of geology at East Carolina University.
David J. Mallinson is associate professor of geology at East Carolina University.

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