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This book is about the 4,000+ beach systems that form most of the 9000-km long Brazilian coast. Focusing on beaches of seventeen coastal states and three oceanic islands, the book considers the nature, classification, morphodynamics, and status of beach systems. This is the first book to cover the beach systems of Brazil and the second that classifies the beaches of an entire country, the first being the morphodynamic classification of Australian beaches. The beach-dominated Brazilian coast extends from the delta of the Amazon River southwards to one of the world's longest beaches in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Considered here is every beach type ranging from wave- to tide-dominated examples that vary in size from small embayed beaches to long barrier beaches. This book, edited and written by leading academics and coastal researchers, is geared to the university and post-graduate market. It should be of interest to professional coastal and environmental scientists, biologists, engineers, and coastal managers, among others. Standard scientific (technical) terminology is used to describe the Brazilian coast and its beaches. With more than 400 original diagrams and figures, this well-illustrated book serves as a modern benchmark reference text for the Brazilian coast. This book provides a basic resource and reference base for researchers who wish to learn more about Brazil's coast and its beach systems.
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