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Beach and Dune

Andrea J. Pickart and Michael G. Barbour

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0006
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Beaches backed by coastal dunes line approximately one fourth of California's 1,326-km shoreline and together make up a 2%–3% of its land mass. This chapter discusses the geologic processes underlying California's coastal beaches and dunes. It provides a brief classification of beach and dune morphology, and describes native and naturalized vegetation as divided into three major zones (beaches, nearshore dunes, and backdunes). The chapter also reviews research on biotic and abiotic structuring factors of beach and dune vegetation, and presents the state of coastal dune conservation.

Keywords: beaches; coastal dunes; coastal beaches; dunes; nearshore dunes; backdunes

Chapter.  18604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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