Geomorphic Coastal Variability, Northwestern Australia.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE COASTAL STUDIES INST
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Interactions of dynamic processes such as wind, ocean waves, tides, littoral currents, river flow, and biological and chemical activity cause variations in worldwide coastal landscapes. Successful operational procedures must therefore consider these environmental factors, and predictive capabilities will be possible only when these process-form relationships are thoroughly understood. The coastline from Darwin, Australia, to the western limit of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf displays a wide variety of coastal landscapes in a region characterized by low wave energy, extreme tidal range, and a tropical monsoon climate. Ten discrete coastal provinces were identified along this 950-mile coastline, and the variations in the coastal landforms between these provinces are attributed to varying combinations of nearshore processes. Thus a link between nearshore processes and coastline characteristics has been established for a certain combination of environmental conditions. Author
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy