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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The importance of eolian deposition in coastal areas is clearly demonstrated by the size and bulk of coastal sand dunes in many of these areas. The dune fields of Coos Bay, Oregon (Fig. :1), the southern end of Lake Michigan (Fig. 2) and the Cape Cod dune fields southeast of Provincetown (Fig. 3) and on Sandy Neck (Fig. 4) are just a few outstanding examples. Smaller sand dune accumulations are a:1:1 integral part of almost all depositional coasts. More subtle form of eolian deposition on beaches, marshes, intertidal sand beaches, and in shallow bays and estuaries may not be as noticeable, but are also of importance. Eolian deposition on beaches together with storm deposition in dune may account in part for the lack of environmentally definitive grain size criteria in many areas. Clearly eolian deposits form an imposing percentage of total sediment accumulations on depositional coasts.


Sand dunes, Sedimentation and deposition

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Contribution (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) ; no. 533.



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