Coastal erosion – A Beach Notebook


Coastal erosion – A Beach Notebook

A beach cottage in the woods? Maybe you’re a nature lover who loves to get out into the natural beauty of nature each day. Is a beautiful ocean view or deep blue ocean water just what you need to relax and feel at ease? Whatever your pleasure, a beach cottage vacation can give you the perfect vacation of a lifetime. Here are some great ideas to help you create the perfect getaway:

Oceanfront Accommodations and Amenities: Is the beach pollution bothering you? You may want to get away from it all and enjoy peaceful oceanfront accommodations right on the beach. These options are located near the beach or seaside. They include beach cottages, beach houses, cabins, and condos. Some have ocean views, privacy (depending on what features you choose), fire pits, and amenities such as internet, poolside cabanas, and private decks for fishing. A white-washing wood deck features brown shingles that block out waves and pollution from the neighboring ocean.

Beaches with Sand: Located near beaches, there are also sandy beaches. Some feature soft white sand and clear water where surfers like to relax. Others are rocky shorelines with waves rolling in as they get ready for another day of relaxation or amusement. The best part about the sandy beach is that it does not have much erosion and is more environmentally friendly.

Beach Bacteria and erosion prevention: Located on the shoreline, bathers enjoy the golden sand and crystal clear water that make the beach a popular destination. Beach crayfish or other sea animals may be seen scurrying around and creating those seaweed lagoons as well as black tides. Sea weeds also erode the sand and cause larger ripples. Larger ripples can create beach crayfish traps. As the waves roll in and wash over the beach, the mud gets compacted, creating a solid mass that further presses the waves against the shoreline. Without any help, the large mass of mud eventually squeezes the tide in forcing the waves to roll in, creating the lapping waves we typically call sand bars.

These soft sand waves can grow to be extremely large during the big tide, making it unsafe to go surfing during these times. The best time to go surfing in this area is when the tides are smaller and the waves are calmer. It is also important to be aware of the approaching surf during your time off from work or school as well as while you are on the beach itself.

Heavy Minerals: A beach at its finest is a place where the sea floor is protected from erosion by shells, coral, and other forms of marine life. However, even within a protected beach, the heavier waves can erode away at the beach making it unfit for swimming. If the surrounding waters are heavily populated, this also means that there are potential hazards such as high tides and storm surges.