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A must-read for Gulf Coast scientists, naturalists, and residents . . . From Florida to Mexico and along the shores of Cuba, the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico are vulnerable to sea-level rise because of their fragile and low-lying shorelines and adjacent coastal environments. In addition to wetlands, river deltas, beaches, and barrier islands, millions of people who live and work along the Gulf coast are susceptible to the affects of both intense storms in the short term and a gradual rise in sea level over the longer term.
While global warming headlines any current discussion of this topic and is certainly a major factor in sea-level change, it is not the only factor. Earthquakes and other crustal shifts, the El Nino/La Nina phenomena, river impoundment and sedimentation, tides, and weather can all affect local, regional, and global sea levels. In "Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico," Richard A. Davis Jr. looks at the various causes and effects of rising and falling sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning with the Gulf's geological birth over 100 million years ago, and focusing on the last 20,000 years, when global sea levels began rising as the glaciers of the last major ice age melted. Davis reviews the current situation, especially regarding beach erosion and loss of wetlands, and offers a preview of the future, when the Gulf Coast will change markedly as the twenty-first century progresses.
Amply illustrated and written in a clear, straightforward style, "Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico" is a valuable resource for anyone who cares deeply about understanding the past, present, and future of life along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Title: Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico (Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series)
Publisher: U.S.A., Texas A&M University Press: 2011
ISBN Number: 1603442243
ISBN Number 13: 9781603442244
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: New
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 061701
Description: New. Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico (Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series) By Richard A. Davis Jr. (Author) Product Details Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (May 18, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1603442243 ISBN-13: 9781603442244 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Keywords: Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico (Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series)