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Living with the Changing California Coast

By: Gary B Griggs, Kiki Patsch and Lauret Savoy

551 pages, 279 photos, 81 maps

University of California Press

Paperback | Nov 2005 | #187016 | ISBN: 0520244478
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Crowded into the beautiful, narrow strip at the edge of the ocean, the large number of people who live near California's dynamic coastline often have little awareness of the hazards - waves, tides, wind, storms, rain, and runoff - that erode and impact the coast and claim property on a regular basis.

This easy-to-use book, a geological profile of the California coast from Mexico to the Oregon border, describes the landforms and processes that shape the coastline and beaches, documents how erosion has affected development, and discusses the options that are available for dealing with coastal hazards and geologic instability.


1. INTRODUCTION-A Perspective on the coast of California- Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 2. THE EVOLUTION OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST - Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 3. WEATHER, CLIMATE CHANGE, SEA LEVEL AND THE COASTLINE - Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 4. UNDERSTANDING THE SHORELINE - Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 5. THE EROSION OF THE COASTLINE- Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 6. BUILDING OR BUYING ON THE COAST - Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 7. RESPONDING TO COASTAL HAZARDS- Gary Griggs, Kiki Patsch, Lauret Savoy 8. CALIFORNIA'S COASTAL HAZARDS: THEORY AND PRACTICE Charles Lester 9. THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST: THE OREGON BORDER TO CAPE MENDOCINO Lauret Savoy, Gary Griggs, and Derek Rust 10. POINT DELGADA TO POINT ARENA Dorothy Merritts, Lauret Savoy, Gary Griggs and Robert Walker 11. POINT ARENA TO SAN FRANCISCO Lauret Savoy, Dorothy Merritts, Karen Grove and Robert Walker 12. THE SAN FRANCISCO COASTLINE Gary Griggs, Kim Fulton and Lauret Savoy 13. SAN FRANCISCO TO ANO NUEVO Jerry Weber, Gary Griggs, Ken LaJoie and Scott Mathieson 14. ANO NUEVO TO THE MONTEREY PENINSULA Gary Griggs and Kiki Patsch 15. THE MONTEREY PENINSULA TO MORRO BAY Cheryl Hapke 16. MORRO BAY TO POINT CONCEPTION Antony Orme 17. POINT CONCEPTION TO RINCON POINT Robert Norris and Kiki Patsch 18. RINCON POINT TO SANTA MONICA Antony Orme 19. THE COAST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: SANTA MONICA TO DANA POINT Douglas Sherman and Bernard Pipkin 20. DANA POINT TO THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER. Reinhard Flick APPENDIX A: References APPENDIX B: Geologic Time Line

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Gary Griggs is Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is coauthor, with John A. Gilchrist, of Geologic Hazards: Resources and Land Use Planning (1983) and The Earth and Land Use Planning (1977). Kiki Patsch is Post-Graduate Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lauret Savoy is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

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