Brazilian Beach Systems by Andrew D. Short, Antonio Henrique da F. Klein

By Andrew D. Short, Antonio Henrique da F. Klein

This e-book is ready the greater than 4,000 seashore structures that shape lots of the 9000 km lengthy Brazilian coast. It makes a speciality of the shorelines of every of the seventeen coastal states and 3 oceanic islands, their nature, morphodynamics and standing. it's a needs to for somebody who desires to understand extra approximately this nice coast and its seashore structures. this can be the 1st e-book ever written concerning the seashore structures of Brazil, and truly the first actual concerning the seashores of a complete nation. The Brazilian coast extends from the strong Amazon River and its muddy shorelines within the north to at least one of the world’s longest sandy shores within the southern Rio Grande do Sul. It comprises each seashore variety from wave to tide-dominated which differ in size from small embayed shores to lengthy barrier beaches.

The e-book is written through prime Brazilian teachers and researchers and goals on the collage point marketplace, in addition to coastal scientists, engineers and bosses. general clinical terminology is used to explain the coast and its shores. it truly is illustrated with greater than four hundred unique figures and serves as a benchmark textual content at the Brazilian coast.

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D. Short 1 Brazilian Beach Systems: Introduction 19 Elsewhere the coast is dominated by high-grade metamorphic rocks of the Brazilian Shield associated with the Sao Francisco, São Luis, Rio de la Plata and Amazonia cratons, which are most prominent along the southeast coast between Cabo Frio and Santa Marta. In places the basement rocks are covered by Tertiary sediments known as the Barreiras Formation, which forms the coastal tablelands of northeastern and eastern Brazil (Maranhão, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia and Espírito Santo).

5), regions, which largely follow those of Dominguez (2006, 2009). The coastal length refers to the open coast, apart from the Amazon where it includes parts of the mouth and its distributaries. The following sections briefly discuss the characteristics of each of the seven coastal regions. More detailed descriptions of the regions and their beaches are provided in the following chapters. 20 Fig. H. D. 1 The Amazon Delta Mud Coast The Amazon mud coast (Region 1) extends from the border at Cape Orange for 1900 km through the intricate Amazon mouth to Cape Maguari at the northeastern tip of Marajó Island (Fig.

Dune transgression is limited to the São Francisco delta. Between the rivers the Barreiras Formation and some Cretaceous and Precambrian rocks reach the coast as sea cliffs. 5 m) along most of the coast and the moderate to high deepwater waves are moderated by the wide shallow shelf and locally by beachrock reefs resulting in beach systems which range from longer wave-dominated dissipative beaches on exposed sections with fine sand, to rip-dominated intermediate (both wave-dominated and tide-modified), to reflective in sheltered areas, with smaller embayed beaches in the sections dominated by bedrock.

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