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Against the Tide: The Battle for Americas Beaches
Against the Tide: The Battle for Americas Beaches Cornelia Dean 0231084188 9780231084185 Americans love to colonize their beaches. But when storms threaten, high-ticket beachfront construction invariably takes precedence over coastal environmental co
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Against the Tide: The Battle for Americas Beaches by Cornelia Dean

Americans love to colonize their beaches. But when storms threaten, high-ticket beachfront construction invariably takes precedence over coastal environmental concerns -- we rescue the buildings, not the beaches. As Cornelia Dean explains in Against the Tide, this pattern is leading to the rapid destruction of our coast. But her eloquent account also offers sound advice for salvaging the stretches of pristine American shore that remain.The story begins with the tale of the devastating hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900 -- the deadliest natural disaster in American history, which killed some six thousand people. Misguided residents constructed a wall to prevent another tragedy, but the barrier ruined the beach and ultimately destroyed the towns booming resort business.From harrowing accounts of natural disasters to lucid ecological explanations of natural coastal processes, from reports of human interference and construction on the shore to clear-eyed elucidation of public policy and conservation interests, this book illustrates in rich detail the conflicting interests, short-term responses, and long-range imperatives that have been the hallmarks of Americas love affair with her coast.Intriguing observations about Americas beaches, past and present, include discussions of Hurricane Andrews assault on the Gulf Coast, the 1962 northeaster that ravaged one thousand miles of the Atlantic shore, the beleaguered beaches of New Jersey and North Carolinas rapidly vanishing Outer Banks, and the sand-starved coast of southern California. Dean provides dozens of examples of human attempts to tame the ocean -- as well as a wealth of lucid descriptions of the oceans counterattack. Readers will appreciate Against the Tidespainless course in coastal processes and new perspective on the beach.

Author: Cornelia Dean

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 296

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 1999-06-15

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ISBN: 0231084188


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