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A Line in the Sand

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1497
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1497

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Against the Tide The Battle for America's Beaches. Cornelia Dean. Columbia University Press, New York, 1999. 295 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-231-08418-8.

Dean weaves explanations of coastal ecology and the physics of the nearshore into her discussions of numerous attempts to protect coastal construction, many of which have led to the loss of valuable beaches.