Historical Changes in the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands and the Roles of Extreme Storms, Sea Level, and Human Activities
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2007_1161

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Summary
Abstract: An historical analysis of images and documents shows that the Mississippi-Alabama (MS-AL) barrier islands are undergoing rapid land loss and translocation. The barrier island chain formed and grew at a time when there was a surplus of sand in the alongshore sediment transport system, a condition that no longer prevails. The islands, except Cat, display alternating wide and narrow segments. Wide segments generally were products of low rates of inlet migration and spit elongation that resulted in well-defined ridges and swales formed by wave refraction along the inlet margins. In contrast, rapid rates of inlet migration and spit elongation under conditions of surplus sand produced low, narrow, straight barrier segments.

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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 32.0   S: 30.0   E: -86.0   W: -94.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Robert A. Morton
Dataset Title: Historical Changes in the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands and the Roles of Extreme Storms, Sea Level, and Human Activities
Dataset Series Name: Open File Report
Dataset Release Date: 2007
Dataset Release Place: St. Petersburg Florida
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Issue Identification: 2007-1161
Data Presentation Form: Online Report
Online Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1161/
Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Originating Center
Data Center
Open File Services Section, Publications Warehouse, Eastern Region, Publications, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/

Data Center Personnel
Name: JOHN M. WATSON
Phone: 703-648-6699
Fax: 703-648-6138
Email: jmwatson at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern Publications Group
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 20192-0002
Country: USA
Distribution
Distribution Media: Online
Distribution Size: 3.5 MB
Distribution Format: PDF
Fees: No fees
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 703-648-6699
Fax: 703-648-6138
Email: jmwatson at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern Publications Group
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 20192-0002
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-09-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2007-09-11
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