Chapter 20: Shorelines

Further Study

Tropical ocean sunset (Corel)We have made a concerted effort to search the Web for relevant material, but no matter how hard we try there will always be more information available than we can possibly examine.

However, the following list contains links to many of the most interesting and informative Web sites related to topics explored in the chapter that we were able to locate. Check them out, but make sure you come back to do more investigating when you're done.

Ask a Geologist

If you have questions, a professional geologist is here to help.
Coastal and Marine Geology Program (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program investigates the geologic issues of coastal and marine areas.
Coastal Geology of Natural Bridges State Park

Coastal geology of Natural Bridges State Park from the University of California at Santa Cruz features photos and descriptions of coastal features.
Coastal Landforms Links

This Central Michigan University site, maintained by Dr. Mark Francek, lists several good links to sites containing information relative to topics discussed in the chapter.
Rugged tropical coast (Corel)
Coastal Ocean Modeling (USGS)

Here is information on coastal ocean modeling at the United States Geological Survey Woods Hole Field Center.
Coastal Resource Management Office (NOAA)

The mission of the Coastal Resources Management Office is to make sound decisions that ensure diverse, healthy coastal and ocean resources.
Coastal Storms and Tsunamis Hazard Information (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) page on coastal storm and tsunami hazards features links to several related articles and sites.
Coastline Links (NAGT)

An extensive listing of coastline links is arranged by topic from the National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT).

A good introduction to the ecology of estuaries that offers a complete list and links to national estuarine research reserves.
Global Wave Data, Current

This site provides real-time wave heights and directions.
Greater Fundy Ecosystem

Learn about the Bay of Fundy coastal region, site of the highest tides in the world.
Hazards (USGS)

This site contains information concerning coastal storms and tsunamis as well as other hazards from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Marine and Coastal Geology Program Fact Sheets (USGS)

This site has fact sheets on coastal and marine geology projects from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Marine Buoy Observations

This site provides actual weather and sea-state data being reported by automated marine stations.
Rocky coast in fog (Corel)
National Estuarine Research Reserves (NOAA)

This site includes a map with links to the national estuarine research reserves.
Oceanographic Products and Services Division, National Ocean Service (NOAA)

The Oceanographic Products and Services Division (OPSD) collects, analyzes, and distributes historical and real-time observations and predictions of water levels, coastal currents, and other meteorological and oceanographic data.
Ocean Physical Processes Team (NOAA)

The Ocean Physical Processes Team applies remotely-sensed data received from operational and research satellites and other platforms ranging from microwave to ultraviolet frequencies to infer thermal distributions; bio-optical properties; surface winds and associated wave structure; ice sheet topography; ocean currents, fronts and eddies.
Point Reyes, California Field Geology

The site provides the geologic setting of the Point Reyes Peninsula, California.
Shoreline Changes (Modeling)

A model of shoreline changes of the Hog Barrier Islands of Virginia is maintained by the University of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences.
Tide Height Calculator

This site offers a worldwide tide height calculator from the University of Colorado.
Tide Predictions at U.S. Reference Stations (NOAA)

Tide predictions at U.S. tidal reference stations for the next four days can be found here.
Tides and Tidal Currents (National Ocean Service, NOAA)

This site offers a brief explanation of the basic astronomical factors which produce tides and tidal currents.
TOPEX/Poseidon Satellite Project

The TOPEX/Poseidon project is a partnership between the United States and France to monitor global ocean circulation, discover the tie between the oceans and atmosphere, and improve global climate predictions. Every 10 days, the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite measures global sea level with unparalleled accuracy.
Undercut cliff (Photo by E.J. Tarbuck)
Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Array (TAO)

The Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) array, a major component of the global climate observing system, consists of approximately 70 ATLAS and current meter moorings in the Tropical Pacific Ocean, telemetering oceanographic and meteorological data in realtime via the Argos satellite system.

Here is an interactive, online, tsunami-information resource.
Tsunami (NASA)

This site contains an excellent tutorial on the formation of tsunamis from NASA's Observatorium.
Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology (USGS)

An excellent United States Geological Survey site accomodates visitors with a wide range of educational backgrounds.

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