Living with the Alabama/Mississippi Shore (Living with the Shore)

Living with the Alabama/Mississippi Shore (Living with the Shore)

By: Wayne F. Canis (author), Orrin H. Pilkey (author), William J. Neal (author)Paperback

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The Alabama-Mississippi shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches and balmiest climes. Ever-increasing numbers of retirees, recreation lovers, and industries with work forces are being attracted to the "Sun Belt." On a soft April day the Gulf's waters look as peaceful as a pond. Yet this same serene shoreline has been ravaged by seven major hurricanes during this century. Several years more than one fearful storm has come hurtling in during a single "season." Loss of life an property damage have been devastating. And newcomers seem almost unaware of the potential dangers. The authors of this book offer a vivid, historical overview for understanding the environment of the Alabama-Mississippi shore. They describe the risks faced by new residents, and they point the way toward safe and sane coastal development.

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About Author

Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University.


List of figures and tables vii Foreword xi 1. A coastal perspective 1 2. Shoreline dynamics 21 3. Man and the shoreline 36 4. Selecting a site along the Alabama-Mississippi coast 51 Alabama 69 Mississippi 104 5. The coast, land use, and the law 124 6. Building or buying a house near the beach 138 Appendix A. Hurricane checklist 167 Appendix B. A guide to federal, state, and local agencies involved in coast development 171 Appendix C. Useful references 189 Index 211

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/03/1985
  • ISBN13: 9780822305118
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780822305118
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 0822305119

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