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Tidal inlets in Florida: Their morphodynamics and role in coastal sand sediment
Finkl, C.W. (1994). Tidal inlets in Florida: Their morphodynamics and role in coastal sand sediment, in: Viggosson, G. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Hornafjördur International Coastal Symposium, at Höfn, the Town of Hornafjördur, Iceland, 20-24 June, 1994. pp. 67-85
In: Viggosson, G. (Ed.) (1994). Proceedings of the Hornafjördur International Coastal Symposium, at Höfn, the Town of Hornafjördur, Iceland, 20-24 June, 1994. Icelandic Harbour Authority: Reykjavik. , more

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    Inlets. passes and cuts are a common feature of Florida shores: the Atlantic coast is punctuated by 19 man-made and natural inlets whereas there are more than 40 inlets along the Gulf coast. Erosion of sandy beaches on the downdrift (south) sides of inlets stabilized by jetties is a chronic problem that requires remediation. In order for erosion control measures to be effective. coastal protection measures must consider inlet stability and the coastal geological framework because different morphodynamic systems (barrier island chains. marsh and mangrove coasts. rocky shores. reef-fronted mainland. and keys) influence strategies for littoral sand management. The limited reserves of offshore borrow materials suitable for beach renourishment and the loss of nearshore sediments to deep offshore regions by tidal jets at inlets and turbidity plumes requires alternative sand sources and enhanced sand bypassing techniques. Environmental impacts. socio-economic. and political constraints of sand management schemes are related to the on-going "sand wars". and consideration of ecologically favored alternatives. Beach replenishment combined with enhanced sand bypassing is a preemptive strategy over conventional techniques.

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