168 pages, illustrations
This well-illustrated book, by an internationally well-known coastal expert, translates science into a comprehensible popular language. He explains a wide range of topics including geology, hydrodynamics, sedimentation, coastal engineering, and economics. There is also core information regarding hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and beach nourishment. Even the various recreational, sports, and military uses of beaches are covered. The profusion and variety of illustrations from the entire globe offer a perspective not elsewhere available. Beaches in Space and Time is for anyone who wants to learn more about the beaches of the world.
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Dr. Richard A. Davis Jr. was a professor of geology at the University of South Florida until 2005. He is now an emeritus distinguished university professor at USF and visiting professor/research associate at Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. His area of specialization is coastal geology with emphasis on beaches, barrier islands, and tidal inlets. He has written/edited 20 books and about 150 journal articles on topics of oceanography, coastal geology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology. He has been a visiting professor in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Germany. And he speaks and teaches workshops at universities all over the world. He holds the Shepard Medal in Marine Geology.