Barrier dune systems: A reassessment Article

Leatherman, SP. (1979). Barrier dune systems: A reassessment . SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY, 24(1-2), 1-16. 10.1016/0037-0738(79)90025-3

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  • Leatherman, SP


  • Barrier dunes are an important and natural part of most migrating barrier island systems. Sediment transfer across a barrier during storms by overwash or inlet dynamics results in temporary planation and/or truncation of the dune field. Post-storm recovery usually includes revegetation and subsequent dune building processes. Barrier dunes have not been shown to accelerate beach erosion, as reported by some scientists, rather they serve as a source of sediment. The effect of eroding dunes on swash processes during storm conditions requires more field and wave tank investigations. It appears that barrier dunes do not affect the long-term, geologic process of landward barrier migration with a rising sea level. © 1979.

publication date

  • January 1, 1979

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  • 1

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  • 16


  • 24


  • 1-2