|The Streif classification system: a tribute to an alternative system for organising and mapping Holocene coastal deposits|Baeteman, C. (2005). The Streif classification system: a tribute to an alternative system for organising and mapping Holocene coastal deposits. Quaternary International 133-134: 141-149. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.quaint.2004.10.004
In: Quaternary International. Elsevier: Oxford. ISSN 1040-6182, more
Classification systems; Coastal morphology; Marine
The classification system for organising and mapping Holocene coastal deposits as introduced by Streif is highlighted with respect to mapping requirements. Apart from the requirements such as a user-friendly legend and map, the linkage of the classification system with the history of deposition is demonstrated for the tide-dominated lowlands of the southern North Sea and English Channel. The linkage becomes obvious when considering the effect of the changes in the rate of relative sea-level rise. The difficulties that surrounded the lithostratigraphy of Holocene coastal deposits and the principles of the classification system which eventually made an end to the well-known and long-standing debate about the lithostratigraphy are briefly recalled.