issue 6 - Rachel Forero Marine Biology April 5 2007 Issue 6...

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Rachel Forero Marine Biology April 5, 2007 Issue 6 Issue Discussion 1. What factors affect beach location and shape? The location and shape of the beach depends on the sand supply, the change of the sea level and the size of the waves. Beaches are shaped over time and influenced by short term events; storms, normal seasonal changes of wave intensity; more long term events; El Niño and la Niña, hurricanes; and very long term (upwards of 100 years) changes in the sea level. 2. How has coastal development changed the beach environment? Costal development, like seawalls, jetties, revetments, and groins, artificially slows beach erosion and disrupts adjacent beach regions. 3. What are the pros and cons of beachfront stabilization? The pros of beachfront stabilization includes the protection of property and buildings. The cons of such stabilization includes its cost, a false sense of security for investors and developers of beach-front properties, and negative environemental effects. Analysis 1
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