Abstractfrom the introduction, "The East Hampton Beach is in what is known as the
headland section of the shore, and there are severe erosional
problems in many areas of the headland section,
as there are in other coastal areas of Long Island.
Over long time periods, the East Hampton beach appears
to be accreting or, at least, stable in marked contrast
to the long-term recession of both the barrier beaches
to the west and the high cliffs to the east. This does
not mean that East Hampton's shore front does not suffer
- · from erosion. All beaches undergo seasonal changes.
Sand is removed from the beach by large winter waves and
stored temporarily in offshore bars. In the summer when
the waves are less severe, the process is reversed and
sand is returned to the beach. This onshore-offshore
motion is superimposed upon the longshore drift of sand
east or west down the beach. Although the net result of
many seasonal cycles may be accretion of the beach, irregular
but severe, erosion during the winter may cause
serious loss of property or may break through the dunes
that protect the inland areas from flooding . . ."
Description1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 28 cm. Includes bibliographical references.