Coastal Classification and Morpholgy
This course is one of a series of courses that provide an overview of coastal geology and a discussion of data sources and study methods applicable to coastal geological field studies. The course materials are based entirely on Chapter 3 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810 Coastal Geology, which discusses the coastal classification scheme of Francis Shepard. In addition, discussions and examples of specific coastlines are given following Shepard’s outline.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
purpose of this course is to introduce the coastal
classification of Francis Shepard (1973), and to describe specific coastal environments found around the United States following Shepard’s outline. You are required to study the following U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual:
Chapter 3 of Coastal Geology (Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810, 1995 edition, 43 pages, PDF file).
Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.
The following contains the outline of Chapter 3 of the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1810:
Chapter 3 - Coastal Classification and Morpholgy
3-2 Coastal Classification
3-3 Drowned River Coasts-Estuaries
3-4 Drowned Glacial Erosion Coasts
3-5 River Deposition Coasts-Deltas
3-6 Wind Deposition Coasts-Dunes
3-7 Volcanic Coasts
3-8 Sea Cliffs-Diastrophic, Erosional, and Volcanic
3-9 Marine Deposition Coasts-Barriers
3-10 Marine Deposition Coasts-Beaches
3-11 Salt Marshes
3-12 Biological Coasts
3-13 Continental Shelf Geology and Topography
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
- Coastal and Marine Geology Program
USGS - Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies: St. Petersburg/Tampa
USGS - Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology
University of New Hampshire Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Home Page
Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.