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Durham Coast, England; By Andrew Cooper

Remarkable actions are being taken to restore an industrialised coast heavily impacted by over a century of coal mining to restore the sedimentary system and make the coast attractive for recreation.

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Sebastian Inlet, Florida; By Eddie Jarvis

A surfer’s view of shoreline engineering.

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Kailua Beach, O’ahu Island, Hawai’i; By Chip Fletcher

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach, a beautiful 30 minute drive from busy Waikiki, lies on the east side of the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu.

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Jasper Beach, Machiasport, Maine, USA; By Joe Kelley

Jasper Beach takes the breath away from a first-time visitor.

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The islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland; By Andrew Cooper

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The islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland comprise the Uists, Harris and Lewis. The isolated, rocky islands are fringed with beautiful sandy beaches that are often compared to those of the Caribbean, in appearance, but not climate! And are also famous for the unusual coastal features known as “machair” that occur there.

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West Point, Seattle, Washington; By Hugh Shipman

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West Point’s South Beach is a wonderful stretch of sand and gravel extending from Magnolia Bluff at its eastern end to the lighthouse at its western tip.

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Eighty Mile beach, North Western Australia; By Andrew Short

80 Mile Beach, AU

Eighty Mile beach is one of the three longest beaches in Australia extending for 222 km.

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Forsol, Hammerfest, Norway; By Andrew Cooper

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Near the fishing village of Forsol is a small beach that is only accessible by a foot track over a high rocky hill that bears very fresh scars of the last glaciation.

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Pondicherry-Tamil Nadu, South India; By Aurofilio Schiavina

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The erosion of Pondicherry beaches is not an isolated case along the Indian coastline; it is estimated that the coastline has already lost about 25% (1,500 km) of its beaches due to anthropogenic factors.

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Santa Veronica Beach, Atlantico, Caribbean coast, Colombia: A model of small community, beach loss, wrong responses; By Nelson Rangel-Buitrago, Adriana Gracia & William J. Neal

August 1st, 2019

Santa Veronica is one of numerous recreational beach developments along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast most sharing a similar history of shoreline retreat, perceived as shoreline erosion, and the attempt to hold the shoreline in place through the use of shore-hardening structures.

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Big Talbot Island’s Blackrock Trail; By Cecelia Dailey

June 1st, 2019

The locals call it “lava beach”—a misnomer which leads some to believe the unique formation found here are igneous in origin. But these mystifying “black rocks” crumble to the touch, staining the hands, feeling gritty with sand. Although many are black, these “rocks” are sometimes light colored, deep red or burnt brown.

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Terraces and Towns; By Gary Griggs

April 1st, 2019

The geologic history of California’s north coast is evident in the typically steep relief and coastal landforms. This is an area where a drive along much of the narrow lanes of State Highway One along the often steep coast is always an adventure and where it’s never wise to take your eyes off the road for very long. Most of the beaches occur at the mouths of the coastal streams.

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A Special Beach: Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach, Iceland; By Norma J. Longo & Orrin H. Pilkey

February 1st, 2019

Iceland is a land of black beaches, usually with a large gravel component. But one Icelandic beach near Reykjavík is different.

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“Beach Robbers”; By Charles O. Pilkey

December 1st, 2018

“Beach Robbers”, is a book chapter written and illustrated by Charles O. Pilkey, excerpted from “The Magic Dolphin: A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea” by Charles O. Pilkey with Orrin H. Pilkey.

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California’s Coastal Harbors, Beach Compartments and Sand Dredging; By Gary Griggs

October 1st, 2018

Every year the dredge at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor along central California’s northern Monterey Bay sucks up about 250,000 cubic yards of sand, on average, from the entrance channel and pumps it out onto Twin Lakes Beach where it continues its journey down coast. If it were put in dump trucks, it would fill about 25,000 of them, but the waves can move all that sand without any human labor, and without any noise or carbon emissions.

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Beyond Preservation: The Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire; By Andrew Jalbert

August 1st, 2018

When avid scuba diver and famed Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton first visited Bonaire decades ago, he eloquently described the underwater environment as, “a world of riotous, outrageous color.” Years later, Bonaire has seen some changes but his assessment still largely rings true.

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Management Strategies for Coastal Erosion Processes; By Nelson Rangel-Buitrago

June 1st, 2018

The Special Issue Management Strategies for Coastal Erosion Processes (MSforCEP) presents an international collection of papers related to the implementation of various management strategies for coastal erosion under specific objectives.

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