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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More than 6,710 patients have utilized the emergency department in Long Beach for a wide range of medical emergencies, from lacerations to broken bones to strep throat and pneumonia to stroke and heart attack during its first nine months of service to Long Beach and barrier island residents.
However, an investigation of broad-scale in terms of seed fluxes over the span of several years may indeed prove useful in highly dynamic barrier island systems.
In the past, there was a very abundant sediment supply available to construct the barrier island system along Long Island.
But would anything even grow on a barrier island surrounded by billions of gallons of salt water?
However, this research has demonstrated that barrier islands have relatively depauperate faunas when compared to adjacent mainland areas (McAlister & McAlister 1993; Hice & Schmidly 2002).
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,
Now some researchers are calling for restoration of wetlands and barrier islands to help protect New Orleans the next time a hurricane strikes.
The island's nature center has been connecting visitors with the barrier island environment since 1997 through education programs, guided tours and outdoor activities, such as kayaking the marshlands.
They are listed as a threatened species and although they have a total population of about 100,000, there are few left on Little Barrier Island, Murray said.
Alabama's Capitol stands atop the remains of a barrier island that hugged the coast about 85 million years ago, according to Auburn University's David King.
In 1967, graduate student Elizabeth Higgins conducted a floristic survey of Assateague Island, a barrier island straddling the Maryland-Virginia state line, found seabeach amaranth (Amaranthuspumilus) growing on several wash fiats.