Classification of the Coastal Environments of the World. Part 2. Africa
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
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As defined in this classification, the coastal environment has two common attributes 1 a fluid environment consisting of both atmospheric and marine components, and 2 an interacting coastal interface system. The atmospheric environment was treated using the methodology of air mass climatology, and the marine system was classified using water mass analysis with modifications appropriate to nearshore conditions. The classification of shoreline interfaces was developed by detailed analysis of coastal landforms. Coastal vegetation was analyzed and distributions were compared with the physical components of the system. Close agreement was found between the biotic and physical environments, which served to verify the methodology employed.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy