A Moveable Shore

The Fate of the Connecticut Coast

A Moveable Shore

Living with the Shore

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Book Pages: 160 Illustrations: 59 b&w photographs, 35 in color Published: November 1991

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Environmental Studies, General Interest > Travel, Natural Sciences

The Connecticut shoreline is made up of varying landscapes--the sandy coastline at Madison, the rocky shore at Branford, the replenished beach at Greenwich, and the erosion at Old Saybrook. A Moveable Shore offers a general user’s guide to the Connecticut shore. In a town-by-town journey down the 254-mile coastline, Peter C. Patton and James M. Kent explore in detail the history of specific sites, the climatic and geological forces that shape the shore, and regulations regarding land-use development. In addition, they provide a guide to coastal field trips.
Beginning with the hurricane of 1938, the biggest natural disaster to strike Connecticut since its settlement by Europeans, the authors demonstrate the continuing pattern of development of coastal land prone to flooding and high winds. Although the Connecticut coast faces Long Island and Block Island sounds, it is subject to the same natural hazards, land-use risks, and regulations as opean ocean shorelines. Global climatic events--glaciation, global warming, and rising sea levels--influence the shape and composition of the Connecticut shoreline, as do small-scale forces such as wind, waves, and tides.
Patton and Kent seek to instill a respect for the force of natural events and provide a guide for lessening the dangers of construction and development. A practical question-and-answer chapter explains what homeowners need to know to meet land-use regulations along the coast. In a state where the entire population lives within 100 miles of the coast, this important book will serve as a citizens’ guide to living with the Connecticut shore and will be of interest to coastal residents, developers, geologists, policymakers, and vacationers.

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Peter C. Patton is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University.

James M. Kent is Editor of Oilfield Review.

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Figures, Plates, Maps vi

Foreword ix

Editors' Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1. Hurricanes on the Connecticut Coast 1

2. Geologic History of the Connecticut Coast: Why the Connecticut coast looks the way it does 25

3. Modern Coastal Process: How the coast evolves 48

4. Evolution of the Connecticut Coast: The ways of sand and glaciers 72

5. Of Beaches, Rocks, and Marshes: Managing the Connecticut coast 109

Epilogue 119

Appendix A. Field Trips to the Coast 121

Appendix B. Storm checklist 133

References 136

Index 140
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1128-7
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