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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

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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Cat Island, unlike most of the other barrier islands, remains under partial private ownership.
North Carolina officials responded by expanding a mandatory evacuation order across new areas of the state's low-lying barrier islands.
According to McMaster (1954), the alongshore transport supplying the barrier island seaward of Barnegat Bay is limited to erosion of the Pleistocene headland north of the bay and a very limited supply of sediment from offshore.
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.
include barrier islands being cut through and loss of beach front (5).
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.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans because one million acres of coastal wetlands and barrier islands have vanished in Louisiana in the last century due to human interference.
Now some researchers are calling for restoration of wetlands and barrier islands to help protect New Orleans the next time a hurricane strikes.
Long known for their tranquility and scenic beauty, the popular barrier islands along North Carolina's coast provide a quiet haven for vacationers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day lives.
The sandy beaches of the barrier islands in the mouth of Tampa Bay, Fla.