Polar coasts

Forbes, D.L. and Hansom, J.D. (2011) Polar coasts. In: Flemming, B.W. and Hansom, J.D. (eds.) Estuarine and Coastal Geology and Geomorphology. Elsevier, pp. 245-283. ISBN 9780123747112 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.00312-0)

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Polar and subpolar coasts are distinctive because of extreme seasonality and the presence of ice (predominantly tidewater glaciers, ice shelves, sea ice, and ground ice). Sea ice plays a protective role but may be either erosional or constructive when mobile. Wave activity, though effective mainly during the short summer, imposes a strong morphological signature on most sedimentary coasts. Unlithified coasts in permafrost are widespread on the Arctic Coastal Plain, where combined thermal and mechanical processes promote rapid erosion in ice-rich deposits. Antarctic and sub-Antarctic coasts are mainly dominated by rock or ice, as are parts of the Arctic coast.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:Volume 3 of Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science (Editors-in-Chief: Eric Wolanski, Donald McClusky)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hansom, Professor James
Authors: Forbes, D.L., and Hansom, J.D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
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