barrier island


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barrier island

[′bar·ē·ər ‚ī·lənd]
(geology)
An elongate accumulation of sediment formed in the shallow coastal zone and separated from the mainland by some combination of coastal bays and their associated marshes and tidal flats; barrier islands are typically several times longer than their width and are interrupted by tidal inlets.
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Barrier islands protect about 10% of coastlines worldwide.
On some of the barrier islands, mayors warned that only hours remained before their links to the mainland could be severed by rising water or debris.
South Nassau opened the facility last summer as part of an ongoing effort to restore needed medical services to the barrier island following the closure of Long Beach Medical Center.
Grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae)--plant environmental interactions in relation to zonation on an Atlantic Coast barrier island. Environ.
The morpho-sedimentary units within the estuary are related to the geomorphological evolution of the barrier island and the flood tide delta building into Great Egg Harbor Inlet.
In March 2006 I retired, moved out of my apartment, and began living full time on the barrier island. There are several other weekend-type cabins here, but no one else makes the island their permanent and only residence.
Barrier islands are dominant features of many coastal areas (Pilkey 2003).
The Reef Lagoon will be located on the Great Barrier Island, one of the 22 islands comprising the Australian continent; with the first phase of construction commencing in summer 2008.
Yet, policymakers show little inclination to address one of the factors that contributes to the devastation: a federal flood insurance program that encourages people to build and rebuild on barrier islands and floodplains.
Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island located southeast of Pensacola,
Stone, a coastal geologist at LSU, says that if the current trend of wetland loss and barrier island erosion continues, it will worsen the effects of future hurricane surges in South Louisiana.
Whitehead, a naturalist and photographer and former Park Ranger, has created a photo essay of the seasons on this barrier island in Georgia.