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Effects of storm surges on the Beaufort sea coast, Northern Alaska

Auteurs :
REIMNITZ, E.
MAURER, D. K.

Description :
In 1970, a major storm surge caused by gale-force westerly winds inundated low-lying tundra plains and deltas as for as 5000 m inland and left a driftwood line as much as 3.4 m above normal sea level along the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska. The height of the surge followed a predictable pattern and was highest along windward-facing shorelines. Coastal retreat and thermoerosion are greatly accelerated on such west-facing shores with eastward sediment transport opposite to normal littoral drift. Evidence suggests an approximate 100-year recurrence internal for similar surges, with potential for damaging the developing oil fields on the North Slope.


Type de document :
Article de périodique

Source :
Arctic. Journal of the Arctic institute of North Montreal, 1979, vol. 32, n°. 4, p. 329-344, Références bibliographiques : 26 réf.

Date :
1979

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
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