How to Read a North Carolina Beach

Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels

By Orrin H. Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, William J. Neal

180 pp., 6 x 8, 8 color and 79 b&w photos, 10 illus., 4 tables, 2 maps, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5510-2
    Published: March 2004
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1967-5
    Published: June 2014
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-7827-4
    Published: June 2014

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Take a walk on the beach with three coastal experts who reveal the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline. What makes sea foam? What are those tiny sand volcanoes along the waterline? You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story.

Orrin Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William Neal explore large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands. In addition, coastal life forms large and small--from crabs and turtles to microscopic animals--are all discussed here. The concluding chapter contemplates the future of North Carolina beaches, considering the threats to their survival and assessing strategies for conservation. This indispensable beach book offers vacationers and naturalists a single source for learning to appreciate and preserve the natural features of a genuine state treasure.

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About the Authors

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University.
For more information about Orrin H. Pilkey, visit the Author Page.

Tracy Monegan Rice is a coastal geologist and ecologist working in private consulting.
For more information about Tracy Monegan Rice, visit the Author Page.

William J. Neal is professor emeritus of geology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
For more information about William J. Neal, visit the Author Page.