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A field study of littoral processes in Estero Bay, California

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A field study of littoral processes in Estero Bay, California; 1982; OFR; 82-537; Dingler, J. R.; Anima, R. J.; Molzan, D. E.; Luepke, Gretchen; Peterson, C. L.

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Estero Bay, which lies on the central California coast, has rocky headlands at both ends and sandy beaches within it. The shoreline of the bay has adjusted to be in equilibrium with the predominant wave climate, which is from the northwest. Because of its present shoreline configuration, the net southward littoral transport found along much of the California coast does not occur within Estero Bay. Instead, the sand primarily moves on- and offshore with a reversing longshore component. This sand transport pattern produces a littoral cell within Estero Bay even though there is no submarine canyon in the area. The primary sand sinks for this cell appear to be the sand spit south of Morro Rock and the entrance to Morro Bay itself, although [...]

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