coastal plain


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coastal plain

[′kōs·təl ′plān]
(geology)
An extensive, low-relief area that is bounded by the sea on one side and by a high-relief province on the landward side. Its geologic province actually extends beyond the shoreline across the continental shelf; it is linked to the stable part of a continent on the trailing edge of a plate. Typically, it has strata that dip gently and uniformly toward the sea.
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The state of Alaska has sued the federal government to be able to explore the refuge's coastal plain with more modern exploratory techniques.
The coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last places on earth that has been undisturbed by humans, and we owe it to our children and their children to permanently protect this invaluable resource," said David Houghton, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.
Of the 31 catchments on the Swan Coastal Plain, the Ellen Brook Catchment is the greatest contributor of nitrogen and phosphorus into the river system, making it vital this issue is addressed, the Minister said.
The introduction describes native plants in wildlife habitats, invasive plants, and the coastal plain.
In the introduction the authors explain that Georgia is divided into several geographic divisions, Sea Islands, Coastal Plain, Blue Ridge & Piedmont, and Valley & Ridge-Appalachian Plateau.
So the team designed a study to determine whether certain soil characteristics in the region's sandy Carolina Coastal Plain soils could serve as risk markers for stroke and whether those characteristics could be pinpointed by geostatistical analysis.
The first collection from the Lower Coastal Plain was not made until 1963, with 10 subsequent collections from this region.
Known Iron Age sites and probables identified from the air suggest that there was a farming settlement every 1km in the coastal plain area bounded by Alnmouth and the Simonside Hills, Morpeth and Corbridge and the River Tyne - similar to the agricultural landscape in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dubbed by some as one of the last true wilderness areas, the 125-mile long coastal plain provides calving grounds for 130,000 porcupine caribou, the largest denning area for polar bears in the United States, and summer feeding grounds for more than 135 migratory bird species, according to the Alaska Wilderness League, an organization dedicated to establishing permanent protection for the refuge.
Much could be accomplished with the as yet untapped potential of the Jordan Valley, Emek, and Coastal plain.
Israel also occupied an important strategic position, and Western planners predicted that if war came to the Middle East, the decisive battle would be fought on Israel's coastal plain.
Yemen's coastal plain along the edge of the Red Sea gives way on the east to parallel mountain ranges.

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