Coastal Dunes

P. A. Hesp, I. J. Walker

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This chapter provides a companion chapter to Hesp (2012) in which the initiation, dynamics, morphology, and evolution of the principal coastal dune types are examined. Those dune types are foredunes, blowouts, parabolic dunes, and transgressive dune fields. This chapter presents an accompanying overview of those dunes in the form of a photoessay which attempts to show the morpho-ecological diversity of, and within the various dune types. The initiation, morphological types and stages, and evolutionary patterns of the various dune types are examined, and the photographs and diagrams attempt to provide a visual explanation of some of the diverse range of dune types, ages, and stages possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAeolian Geomorphology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780080885223
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Aeolian processes
  • Blowouts
  • Coastal dunes
  • Dune morphologies
  • Dune types
  • Evolution
  • Foredunes
  • Initiation
  • Parabolic dunes
  • Transgressive dune sheets
  • Transgressive dunefields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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