Barrier Island Configuration

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Science  27 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4391, pp. 401-403
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4391.401-a


The 11 Virginia barrier islands are undergoing rapid changes in shore-line configuration. If this trend continues for another 100 years, two capelike features will develop. The process responsible for this island-chain pattern may be a standing edge wave trapped between Assateague Island and Cape Charles.