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Richly Illustrated USGS Publication About Coastal Cliffs Along U.S. Shorelines

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Coastal cliffs are a common landform on the west, northeast, and Great Lakes coasts of the United States, as well as within large estuaries. The land adjacent to coastal cliffs has been heavily developed along much of the coast, particularly in urban areas where the natural instability and progressive retreat of the cliffs pose a threat to life and property. The permanent loss of coastal land when cliffs collapse and retreat landward is an important national issue in coastal planning, management, and engineering. “Formation, Evolution, and Stability of Coastal Cliffs—Status and Trends” (U.S. Geological Survey [USGS] Professional Paper 1693), edited by Monty Hampton (USGS) and Gary Griggs (University of California, Santa Cruz), reviews the status of coastal cliffs along the shorelines of the conterminous United States and the Great Lakes. It includes articles on how coastal cliffs form and evolve, and how cliff retreat is measured. Maps, diagrams, and a wealth of photographs introduce readers to coastal cliffs and bluffs in California, Oregon, Washington, New England, and the Great Lakes. Intended for a broad audience, the new publication can be viewed online.

Above: Photograph taken just before the 1997-98 El Niño storms, looking northward along the approximately 30-m-tall seacliff at North Esplanade Beach in Pacifica, CA. The soft cliff shows signs of erosion, and a rip-rap seawall is being constructed at the cliff base to protect houses along the cliff edge. The seawall was not completed before the storms, and the cliff retreated more than 10 m. Most of the houses along the cliff were condemned and razed after the storm season.

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Formation, Evolution, and Stability of Coastal Cliffs—Status and Trends - U.S. USGS Professional Paper 1693
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