Coastal Geomorphology of the Maryland and Delaware Barrier Islands

Coastal Geomorphology of the Maryland and Delaware Barrier Islands

Author(s): Stephen P. Leatherman, Evelyn Maurmeyer

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875905938

Online ISBN: 9781118669891

DOI: 10.1029/FT217

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 217.

The Maryland-Delaware coast (Figure 1) is located on the Delmarva Peninsula, part of the Atlantic Coastal Plain of eastern North America. The emerged portion of the Coastal Plain province is formed of Cretaceous and Tertiary clastic sediments, overlain by a thin veneer of Quaternary deposits. Holocene coastal environments in this area include barrier islands, coastal sand dunes, overwash flats, coastal bays (lagoons), fringing and backbarrier marshes (wetlands), tidal inlets, headland beaches, prograding spits, and intertidal flats. Pre-Holocene examples of similar coastal deposits are also represented in inland areas.

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