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shoal

1
1. a stretch of shallow water
2. a sandbank or rocky area in a stretch of water, esp one that is visible at low water
3. Nautical (of the draught of a vessel) drawing little water

shoal

2
a large group of certain aquatic animals, esp fish
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shoal

[′shōl]
(geology)
A submerged elevation that rises from the bed of a shallow body of water and consists of, or is covered by, unconsolidated material, and may be exposed at low water.
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Barrier islands are made of sandy, erodible soil and are subject to high-energy wave action.
Grand Isle Mayor David Campardelle called for a voluntary evacuation of his barrier island in Louisiana, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New Orleans.
Wildlife is found in abundance on Mississippi's barrier islands. OPPOSITE: Ship Island provides wide open beaches and beautiful waters for those making the excursion.
For instance, a migrant bird might consume fleshy-fruit(s) on the mainland and deposit the fruit(s) on one or more of the barrier islands due to an influence by both spatial patterns and fruiting patterns between locations.
Shellfish habitat, therefore, improves away from the barrier islands as sediment types get finer, topographical variety ensues, and depths increase.
When compared to other island systems, relatively little research regarding mammals has been conducted on barrier islands. However, this research has demonstrated that barrier islands have relatively depauperate faunas when compared to adjacent mainland areas (McAlister & McAlister 1993; Hice & Schmidly 2002).
Galveston, Texas, on a low-lying barrier island, has flooded repeatedly, notably in the infamous 1900 hurricane that virtually wiped out the city.
"God Of The Hinge: Sojourns In Cloud Cuckoo Land" is the autobiography and memoir of Eleanor West, a woman who has participated in a host of preservation efforts, foundations, special projects and creative endeavors that ranged from organizing the address for preserving wilderness on barrier islands to appearing as a key speaker at the Marshlands Conference in 1968.
During Hurricane Katrina, powerful waves eroded soil and ripped plants from 306 square kilometers (118 square miles) of marshy wetlands and barrier islands bordering the coast.
damage to the barrier islands and coastal areas of Alabama and
Alan Tennant became obsessed with the idea of following a peregrine falcon from the barrier islands off Texas to the Arctic.
Rock extends well above sea level at the northern reaches of Manhattan Island and the Bronx falls to depths of more than 800 feet at the barrier islands at the southern extremities of Brooklyn.