by Wayne F. Canis, William J. Neal, Orrin H. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey Sr.
Duke University Press, 1985
Paper: 978-0-8223-0511-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8223-0510-1
Library of Congress Classification TH4812.L58 1985
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.91709761

The Alabama-Mississippi shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches and balmiest climes. Ever-increasing numbers of retirees, recreation lovers, and industries with work forces are being attracted to the "Sun Belt." On a soft April day the Gulf's waters look as peaceful as a pond.

Yet this same serene shoreline has been ravaged by seven major hurricanes during this century. Several years more than one fearful storm has come hurtling in during a single "season." Loss of life an property damage have been devastating. And newcomers seem almost unaware of the potential dangers.

The authors of this book offer a vivid, historical overview for understanding the environment of the Alabama-Mississippi shore. They describe the risks faced by new residents, and they point the way toward safe and sane coastal development.

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