By Cornelia Dean
Americans like to colonize their shores. but if storms threaten, high-ticket beachfront building always takes priority over coastal environmental issues -- we rescue the structures, now not the seashores. As Cornelia Dean explains in opposed to the Tide, this trend is resulting in the fast destruction of our coast. yet her eloquent account additionally bargains sound suggestion for salvaging the stretches of pristine American shore that remain.The tale starts with the story of the devastating typhoon that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900 -- the deadliest ordinary catastrophe in American background, which killed a few six thousand humans. faulty citizens developed a wall to avoid one other tragedy, however the barrier ruined the seashore and finally destroyed the town's booming inn company. From harrowing bills of usual failures to lucid ecological motives of typical coastal procedures, from stories of human interference and development at the shore to clear-eyed elucidation of public coverage and conservation pursuits, this publication illustrates in wealthy element the conflicting pursuits, momentary responses, and long-range imperatives which were the hallmarks of America's love affair along with her coast.Intriguing observations approximately America's shorelines, prior and current, comprise discussions of typhoon Andrew's attack at the Gulf Coast, the 1962 northeaster that ravaged 1000 miles of the Atlantic shore, the beleaguered seashores of latest Jersey and North Carolina's quickly vanishing Outer Banks, and the sand-starved coast of southern California. Dean presents dozens of examples of human makes an attempt to tame the sea -- in addition to a wealth of lucid descriptions of the ocean's counterattack. Readers will savor opposed to the Tide's painless direction in coastal methods and new standpoint at the seashore.
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Here in southeast Massachusetts the sediment which makes up the beaches and the bars, barrier beaches, and dunes is almost entirely derived from erosion of glacial deposits,” Giese said. ” As on the West Coast, longshore currents are the transport mechanism that carries sand along the barrier islands until it reaches an inlet. If the inlet is in its natural state, the sand will be caught up in its tidal currents and settle inside and outside its mouth, in ﬂood or ebb tide deltas. If the inlet is kept navigable by jetties, sand will pile up behind them.
Homeowners in the affected area had already ﬁled a class-action suit against Suffolk County and now expanded it to include the state and fed- Storms in 1991 cut an inlet at Westhampton Beach. Federal, state and local agencies spent millions to repair it. (The New York Times) 42 ARMOR eral governments. The owners asserted that the erosion control project had destroyed their beach and threatened their homes. To advance their suit, and relying on decades of real estate and voting rights precedent, property owners in the abandoned area incorporated it as the village of West Hampton Dunes.
To forestall questions about why taxpayers should pay for this beach, the property owners agreed to open it to the public. The beach, which would run two miles from the site of the breach to the border of a state park at the east end of the barrier, would be accessible with six walkways from Dune Road. ) People whose houses had been lost would be able to rebuild if, after the work was completed, their lots were at least seventy-ﬁve feet deep and their houses would be at least twenty-ﬁve feet from the dune.
Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches by Cornelia Dean