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Our Ocean Backyard – Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

For the three billion people on Earth who live in coastal regions, the ocean is figuratively, if not literally, “our backyard.” The oceans enrich our lives in countless ways, but our interactions with them have not always been positive. Gary Griggs, a coastal geologist and oceanographer, is known for making science understandable, enjoyable, and accessible to non-scientists, was asked to write a bi-weekly column, “Our Ocean Backyard” for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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How Human Existence Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

Beaches, whether sandy or stony, are very much part of summer, but if Orrin Pilkey and Andrew Cooper’s “The Last Beach” is right, the traditional seaside may soon be a thing of the past.

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The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

“The Last Beach” is an urgent call to save the world’s beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

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California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

In a state identified with change, California’ s 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Gary Griggs, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has written many books about the California coast. The latest is California Coast from the Air, a collection of stunning aerial photographs of the state’s coastline with captions by Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross.

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Photographer Clark Little’s New Book: Taking An Ocean Beating To Get The Perfect Wave

Clark Little has made a career getting pounded by massive waves over and over and over again, and it’s absolutely awesome.

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Top 5 Threats To The World’s Beaches (And A Systemic Solution)

Professors Orrin Pilkey and Andrew Cooper are writing what promises to be an outstanding book. In The Last Beach (to be published this summer by Duke University Press), they describe the top five threats to beaches around the world. Even a quick overview of these threats suggests a strategy for confronting the degradation and loss of beaches.

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The Coastal Consciousness of John Gillis

Climate change is real and serious, but was not last fall’s “natural disaster,” like Katrina and like all the rest to come, as much about human failures, in infrastructure, planning, and our proclivity for building homes on shifting sandbars, as it was natural catastrophe? Those questions aren’t new.

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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Nothing in the sea lives by itself, nothing either on the earth or in the air or in the minds of men. To know the sea is mortal is to know that we are not apart from it. Man is nature creatively refashioning itself. The abyss is human, not divine, a work in progress, whether made with a poet’s metaphor or with a vast prodigious bulk of Styrofoam… An essay by Lewis Lapham, in The Huffington Post

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Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota

A continuation of the landmark scientific reference series from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, Volume 3, Geology provides the most up-to-date, systematic, cohesive, and comprehensive description of the geology of the Gulf of Mexico Basin. Edited by Noreen A. Buster and Charles W. Holmes.

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