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Coastal sediments
Nelson, A.R. (2015). Coastal sediments, in: Shennan, I. et al. (Ed.) Handbook of sea-level research. pp. 47-65.
In: Shennan, I. et al. (Ed.) (2015). Handbook of sea-level research. John Wiley & Sons: Chichester. ISBN 978-1-13-9235-77-8. xiv, 581, a36 pp., more

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  • Nelson, A.R.

    Sea-level histories are reconstructed from sequences of coastal sediment using standard methods of sedimentology and stratigraphy. Sediment is sampled with hand-operated gouge corers, chamber corers, and piston corers and less commonly with engine-driven vibracorers and geoslicers. But coastal sediment is most accurately mapped and interpreted in exposures. Use the Tröels-Smith system and standard soil methods to describe coastal sediment. Field data are most effectively compiled, compared, and synthesized into lithofacies models from which sea-level histories are inferred using photo-data-mosaics of cores and exposures. Notebooks and cameras remain the data recording tools of choice, but computer tablets are rapidly replacing paper-based methods.

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