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Florida's Living Beaches / Edition 1
     

Florida's Living Beaches / Edition 1

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by Blair Witherington, Dawn Witherington
 

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ISBN-10: 1561643866

ISBN-13: 9781561643868

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.

Florida has 1200 miles of coastline, almost 700 miles of which are sandy beaches. Exploring along those beaches offers encounters with myriads of plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects--all are covered in this comprehensive guide with descriptive accounts of 822 items, 983 color images, and 431 maps. Beginning with the premise that beaches are themselves alive

Overview

Florida has 1200 miles of coastline, almost 700 miles of which are sandy beaches. Exploring along those beaches offers encounters with myriads of plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects--all are covered in this comprehensive guide with descriptive accounts of 822 items, 983 color images, and 431 maps. Beginning with the premise that beaches are themselves alive, this guide to the natural history of Florida beaches heralds the living things and metaphorical life near, on, and within the state's sandy margins. It is organized into Beach Features, Beach Animals, Beach Plants, Beach Minerals, and Hand of Man. In addition to being an identification guide, the book reveals much of the wonder and mystery between dune and sea along Florida's long coastline.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561643868
Publisher:
Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
678,263
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments and Photo Credits
  • Florida’s Top Fifty Living Beaches
  • Introduction
  • Guide Organization
  • Beach Features
    • What Is a Beach Feature?
    • Beach Anatomy
    • Beach Profiles
    • Beach Lifespans
    • Dunes
    • Salt Pruning
    • Swales and Dune Lakes
    • Ridges, Runnels, and Lagoons
    • Wrack Lines
    • Beach Cusps and Scarps
    • Wind Ripples, Plant Arcs, and Harrow Marks
    • Current Ripples
    • Beach Noises
    • Antidunes, Crescent Marks, and Hard and Mushy Sand
    • Dark Sands and Shell Hash
    • Bubble Holes, Blisters, Pits, and Volcanoes
    • Sea Foam
    • Swash and Backwash
    • Retreating Beaches
    • Sand Erosion
    • Sand Accretion
    • Sandbars
    • Rock Formations and Nearshore Reefs
    • Tides
    • Waves and Surf
    • Nearshore Currents
    • Offshore Currents
    • Beach Weather
    • Tropical Cyclones and Nor’easters
    • Red Tide
    • Water Color
    • Inlets and Passes
    • Barrier Islands
    • Capes, Spits, and Tidal Deltas
    • Beaches at Night
    • Sealevel Rise
  • Beach Animals
    • What Are Beach Animals?
    • Swash Meiofauna
    • Forams
    • Sponges
    • Jellylike Animals
    • Floating Hydralike Animals
    • Hydroids
    • Anemones
    • Sea Pansies
    • Soft Corals
    • Stony Corals
    • Shell Anatomy
    • Gastropods
    • Bivalves
    • Scaphopods
    • Cephalopods
    • Itty-Bitty Shells
    • Shell Color Variation, and Mollusk Bits and Pieces
    • Shell Wars (Shell Bioerosion)
    • How Shells Come to Be
    • Bryozoans
    • Worms
    • Crustaceans
    • Horseshoe Crab
    • Insects
    • Echinoderms
    • Tunicates
    • Fishes
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Land Mammals
    • Marine Mammals
    • Vertebrate Parts
  • Beach Plants
    • What Are Beach Plants?
    • Dune Plants—Grasses
    • Dune Plants—Yuccas and Palms
    • Dune Plants—Other Monocots
    • Dune Plants—Herbs and Flowers
    • Dune Plants—Woody Shrubs and Trees
    • Marine Plants—Algae
    • Marine Plants—Seagrasses
    • Seabeans and Drift Seeds
    • Driftwood and Woody Materials
  • Beach Minerals
    • What Are Beach Minerals?
    • Florida Beach Sands
    • Tiny Gemstones and Mica
    • Limestone
    • Coquina Limestone
    • Beach Stones, Wormrock, and Pumice
    • Fossils
  • The Hand of Man
    • What Have We Had a Hand In?
    • Beach Shrines and Beach Art
    • Treasure and Dunnage
    • Boat Parts
    • Beacons, Sondes, and Fish Tags
    • Military Flares, Sonobouy, and Rocket Parts
    • Sea Heroes (Drift Toys) and Seaglass (Beach Glass)
    • Balls and Nurdles
    • Container Seals and Packaging
    • Plastic Knots, Bite Marks, and Light Bulbs
    • Balloons, Fireworks, and Shotgun Discards
    • Mystery Plastics
    • Wax, Oil, and Tar
    • Fishing Discards
    • Beach Grooming, Driving, Crossovers, and Sand Fences
    • Armoring
    • Groynes and Jetties
    • Artificial Nourishment
    • Historic Structures
  • Conservation
  • Beach Quests
  • The Future of Living Beaches
  • Resources and Suggested Reading
  • Index

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Florida's Living Beaches 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I purchased this book for a good friend who just bought a vacation home on Florida's West Coast. Being a Floridian, I found this to be an informative book, with pictures and explanations for nature found in Florida beaches. Just beautiful!
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