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Intertidal Deposits

River Mouths, Tidal Flats, and Coastal Lagoons, 1st Edition

By Doeke Eisma

CRC Press

544 pages

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Intertidal Deposits: River Mouths, Tidal Flats, and Coastal Lagoons combines the authors personal and professional experience with the mass of available literature to present a cohesive overview of intertidal deposits and the widely diverse conditions of their formation worldwide. This includes the strong influence of water movements, climate, sediment particle characteristics, vegetation, fauna, and man.

Intertidal areas are important for many reasons both scientifically and economically and recently, a growing concern for conservation of these fragile regions strives to preserve and protect their natural balance. This book, written by an international expert in the field, concentrates on the more important intertidal areas distinguished by size and morphology, tidal range, the degree and type of vegetational cover, the amount and type of benthic fauna, the extent of human exploitation, and the degree of previous study.


"This is an impressive and encyclopedic compilation…about the distribution, geomorphology, sedimentology, biota, and Holocene evolution of intertidal deposits from around the world…Few can match Eisma's breadth of knowledge about tidal deposits…Check this book out before your next trip."

Karl W. Flessa, Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Table of Contents


Worldwide Distribution of Intertidal Areas




Benthic Fauna


Macrotidal Deposits

The Wash (North Sea)

Baie du Mont - St. Michel

Bassin d'Arcachon

Macrotidal River Estuaries, Rias, and Bays in Northwest Europe


Madagascar West Coast

Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay) and the Gulf of Kachchh (Kutch)

Ganges - Brahmaputra (Meghna) River Mouths

Irrawaddy River Delta

West Coast Korea

China: Jiangsu Coast

China: Chang Jiang River Mouth and Hangzhou Bay

China Southeast Coast: Intertidal Deposits in Embayments

Taiwan West Coast

Red River Mouths

King Sound, Cambridge Gulf (Northwest Australia)

North Australia

Broad Sound (Queensland)

Cook Inlet, Glacier Bay (Alaska)

Queen Charlotte Islands

Colorado River Delta Area

Bay of Fundy

St. Lawrence Estuary

Hudson Strait - Ungava Bay - Baffin Island

San Antonio Bay (Argentina)

San Sebastian Bay (Tierra del Fuego)

Columbia - Ecuador

Macrotidal Deposits

Mesotidal Deposits

The Wadden Sea

Mesotidal River Estuaries and Rias in Western Europe

Guinea-Bissau - Guinea

Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea

Tanzania and Kenya

Northwest Persian Gulf

Indus River Delta and Rann of Kutch

Northern Gulf of Thailand

West Coast of Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia (Andaman Sea Coast)

Mekong River Mouth

The Philippines


Gulf of Papua

Gulf of Carpentaria and Northern Queensland

Firth of Thames, New Zealand

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Fraser River Delta

Yaquina Bay, San Francisco Bay

The U.S. East Coast: Georgia, South Carolina, Maine

Southern Hudson Bay, Labrador

The South America North Coast: Amazon River Mouth - Guyanas - Orinoco Delta

South America East Coast

Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Mesotidal Deposits

Microtidal Deposits

Dyfi Estuary, Wales

The White Sea, Northern Siberia, The Gulf of Anadyr, and the Sea of Okhotsk

Northwest Africa

Senegal and Gambia

Sierra Leone - Benin

Niger Delta

Zaire River Estuary

Langebaan Lagoon

Kwazulu - Natal

Persian Gulf: Qatar to Oman

Kerala Lagoons, Estuaries, and Mudbanks

Deltas, East Coast India

Sri Lanka

Gulf of Thailand

Bohai Sea - Huanghe He (Yellow River) Delta

West Australia

South and East Australia: South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales

New Zealand

Pacific Islands


Mar Ciquita

Venezuela - Colombia

Louisiana Coast - Mississippi Delta

Northwest Florida

Southwest Florida - Belize

Andros, Caicos and Grand Cayman Island (Bahamas - British West Indies)

East Coast United States: South Carolina to Massachusetts


Microtidal Deposits

Windflat Deposits



Black Sea

Caspian Sea

East Siberia

Laguna Madre, Mexico/Texas

Morphology of Intertidal Areas

The Intertidal Surface

Channels, Creeks, and Gullies

Single Channels; Straight Single Channels

Sinuous Single Channels

Meandering Channels

Channel Width


Channel Systems: Systems of Parallel Channels or No Channels at All

Dendritic Channel Systems

Braided and Distributary Channels

Interconnecting Channels

Erosional Steps and Marsh Ponds

Barrier Beaches and Cheniers

Qualitative Comparison of Macro-, Meso-, and Microtidal Areas

Intertidal Sediments: Composition and Structure

Siliciclastic Systems

Carbonate Systems

Cold Regions: Influence of Ice


Sedimentary Structures

Deformation Structures


Sedimentary Sequences


Evolutionary Trends and Variations of Controlling Mechanisms through Geological History

Sediment Transport in Intertidal Areas


Flow in Tidal Areas


Tidal Asymmetries

Density-Driven Circulations

Meteorological Forcing

The Small-Scale Current Field

Flow over Tidal Flats

Wind Waves

Tidal Flow and Sediment Transport

Tidal Areas with No or Weak Density Gradients

Tidal Areas with Marked Density Gradients: Estuaries

Intertidal Fauna and Vegetation

Influence of Benthic Fauna and Microflora

Influence of Salt Marsh Vegetation on Sedimentation


Algal Mats


Holocene Development of Intertidal Deposits

Influence of Man

Index of Geographical Names

Latin Fauna Names

Latin Flora Names

About the Author/Editor

Eisma, Doeke

About the Series

CRC Marine Science

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General