Photo Galleries

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The People

A tribute in photos to the people who love the beach.


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Coastal Experts

A collection of photographs from marine geologists Andrew S. Cooper, Joe Kelley, Ray Midgett, Conrad Neumann and Orrin H. Pilkey.


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Sand Mining

These images depict the beach sand mining operation in and surrounding Larache, Morocco.


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Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced.


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Shoreline Armoring

Sea walls and constructed rock shorelines are not beautiful vacation destinations and can eventually destroy the natural beach.

The beach ecosystem is made up of living and non-living parts.

Plants and animals and sand and water influence each other, often amidst breathtaking scenery. Greater than the sum of its parts, beaches sustain major portions of global biodiversity. With over half the world’s population living within 50 km of the coast, human influence on that biodiversity is inevitable, making the study of beaches even more important.


In This Section

  • Beach Basics

    Beach Basics

    Learn how a beach is defined, why beaches are different colors, and the parts of a beach.

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  • Exploring The Sand

    Exploring The Sand

    There is no debate: sea level rise is happening right now and threatens all of our beaches.

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Flora and Fauna

    The beach is home to scores of amazing plants and animals. Learn just a few of these and make your next visit to the beach a treat.

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  • Safety

    Beach Safety

    Follow these safety tips to reduce risk of danger at the beach.

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  • Sand Dunes

    Sand Dunes

    Sand dune formation, types of dunes, and where they exist.

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  • Seashells

    Seashells

    Seashells are an important part of biological and geological beach processes as well as an important part of human culture.

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  • Shoreline Engineering

    Shoreline Engineering

    Shoreline engineering is a general phrase that refers to any method of changing or altering the natural shoreline system in order to stabilize it.

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  • Tides

    Changes In Sea Level

    Learn about tides, storm surges, and sea level rise.

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