Coastal Lowlands: Geology and Geotechnology by James M. Coleman, H. H. Roberts (auth.), W. J. M. van der

By James M. Coleman, H. H. Roberts (auth.), W. J. M. van der Linden, S. A. P. L. Cloetingh, J. P. K. Kaasschieter, W. J. E. van de Graaff, J. Vandenberghe, J. A. M. van der Gun (eds.)

Coastal Lowlands by way of advantage in their place around the boundary of land and sea belong to the earth's so much dynamic platforms. this can be real within the actual, i. e. geological and organic, up to within the cultural and social feel. even though the nearness to the ocean was once and nonetheless is fraught with chance coastal lowlands have continuously attracted human curiosity, supplying tough chance, preserving the promise of ecocnomic firm. Coastal lowlands, in particular the place rivers input the area, are the cradles of significant civilisations and there, of outdated, populations reached maximum densities. as an instance, Dutch historical past is a story of human fight and endeavour with and opposed to the ocean. Dutch 'low landers' wrestled their land from the ocean, in flip the ocean cast a state of self reliant fishermen, navigators, farmers and investors who outfitted their cities and ships on the borders of the North and Zuyder Seas. As lowlands subside and sea point rises, it sounds as if nowadays at an expanding price, situation approximately this atmosphere world-wide can be emerging. It definitely used to be applicable and well timed for the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands whilst celebrating its seventy fifth birthday to arrange and speak to jointly a symposium, focussing recognition at the geology and geotechnology of coastal lowlands; geology to higher comprehend their formation and evolution, geotechnology to higher deal with and harvest assets up to guard a special and an important environment.

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Mean wave height is calculated from observations by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works and the wave energy flux is calculated by the method of Nummedal & Stephen (1978). Old hydrographic charts and echo-sounding maps from the Ministry of Transport and Public Works provide an extensive data base to reconstruct the morphologic evolution of the ebb delta and the inlet. and sand to the Wadden Sea occurs from the North Sea through the inlets (Postma, 1982; Sha, 1987; Wiersma & Van Alphen, 1988).

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Freeze-up starts in the region in November and break up in May, with ice floes still present in the Bay in July. The icecover protects the substratum from any major changes during winter, but, at breakup time, it greatly affects the coastal morphology and sediments and it induces recurring ice jams in the rivers. The northward flowing rivers break first in the south and pile ice, waters and sediments against the still solid ice plugs of the lower reaches and deltas. The permafrost is a Holocene feature.

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