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Modern coastal environments are products of many complex interacting processes which are continually modifying rocks and sediments. Characterizing coastal geology is beset by difficulties in establishing precise and singular definitions of geologic features and processes. Sections 2-2 and 2-3 of this course describe the coastal zone and define broad terms such as “coast” and “shoreline.” Section 2-4 discusses water level datums and tide terminology.

The remainder of the course presents an overview of the geological, oceanographic, biological, and human factors that shape and modify landforms found along the shore. A better understanding of each factor is necessary in a systematic appraisal of the geology of a given project area.

Coastal Zone Definitions and Subdivisions
Geologic Time and Definitions
Water Level Datums and Definitions
Factors Influencing Coastal Geology
Sea Level Changes
Cultural (Man-Made) Influences on Coastal Geology

Intended Audience: This course is intended for Coastal, Geotechnical, Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, and other engineers whose job description requires a comprehensive knowledge of coastal geological principles and terminology.

Publication Source: US Corp of Engineers, "Coastal Geology", Pub#EM 1110-2-1810, Jan. 1995

3 hours
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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