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Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition$
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Michael Barbour

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249554

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249554.001.0001

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Beach and Dune

Beach and Dune

Chapter:
(p.155) SIX Beach and Dune
Source:
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition
Author(s):

Andrea J. Pickart

Michael G. Barbour

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0006

Beaches backed by coastal dunes line approximately one fourth of California's 1,326-km shoreline and together make up a 2%–3% of its land mass. This chapter discusses the geologic processes underlying California's coastal beaches and dunes. It provides a brief classification of beach and dune morphology, and describes native and naturalized vegetation as divided into three major zones (beaches, nearshore dunes, and backdunes). The chapter also reviews research on biotic and abiotic structuring factors of beach and dune vegetation, and presents the state of coastal dune conservation.

Keywords:   beaches, coastal dunes, coastal beaches, dunes, nearshore dunes, backdunes

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