Changes To Barrier Island Systems During The Holocene
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Carlos AM de Sousa is a researcher working for the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) and is part of the Center for Marine and Environmental Research, Universidade do Algarve (CIMA-UAlg). Currently is finishing its PhD in Marine and Coastal Management, with the Ria Formosa barrier island system as its main topic


Changes To Barrier Island Systems During The Holocene

Barrier islands systems, briefly described as long and relatively narrow sandy islands parallel to the shore and separated from it by a backbarrier lagoon, represent almost 10% of all continental shorelines. Most of the US eastern coastline features such systems, developing long strings of barrier islands and spits, such as the Outer Banks (North Carolina) or the Outer Barriers (New York). These systems are considered to be very important in ecological terms, developing rich wetland habitats in the sheltered environment...

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