Accession Number:

AD0733280

Title:

Quaternary Beaches and Coasts between the Russian River and Drakes Bay, California,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

223.0

Abstract:

The study was made to determine what conditions in the past promoted or inhibited the movement of large quantities of sand down the coast of northern California from the Russian River to Double Point, and how these conditions compare with those at present. The influence of erosion and deposition on the sand budget was studied. Modern and ancient wave-cut platforms, sea cliffs, beaches, and coastal dunes were examined in the field and on air photos, and reconnaissance-type maps were drawn of these features. Heavy mineral analyses determined the source of deposits along the coast. Swells from the northwest move sand downcoast from northern California, but there is little net longshore transport west of the San Andreas Fault between the Russian River and Double Point. Sand carried by the river and coastal streams east of the fault is trapped upcoast at Tomales Bay. The headland at western Point Reyes blocks the sand flow. Beaches of the area contain heavy minerals from various sources. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE