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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The Coastal Erosion Abatement Commission, in its report to the General Assembly (1979), recommended that "there is a need to locate sources of sand supplies for rebuilding public beaches." The Sand Resources Inventory, completed in 1982 by the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, was initiated in response to this directive. The Sand Resources Inventory, however, focused on the Chesapeake Bay. The City of Virginia Beach, facing a chronic need to renourish beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, elected to develop an inventory of beach-quality sand reserves existing on the inner shelf of the Atlantic coast. This report details the results of the exploration program to delineate reserves containing sufficient quantities of sand suitable for emplacement on public recreational beaches in the City of Virginia Beach. Volume I contains the Summary Report and Appendices A and B, which depict interpretations of seismic data. Volume II contains Appendices C through E, which detail the sediment analyses.


v.1. Report and Appendices A-B.--v.2. Appendices C-E.



Sand -- Virginia -- Virginia Beach; Shore protection -- Virginia -- Virginia Beac