Posted by: coastlinesproject | June 22, 2015

“The Last Beach,” New book by Orrin Pilkey

Read more in; Islands in the Storm, Storm Surge; A Coastal Village Battles the Atlantic, Beach Wars; 10,000 Years on a Barrier Beach. Available in local bookstores, and Amazon, Also See Strawberry Hill, UPNE, and Schiffer book tabs at the top of this page.




  1. This book is available on Apple’s iBook service. “Besides its economic attributes, the beach is a wonderful, free, natural defense against the forces of the ocean. Day in and day out, beaches absorb the awesome power of the ocean’s waves, reducing them to a gentle swash that laps on the shoreline (that’s why there is so much interest in harnessing wave energy for power generation). Even storms don’t destroy beaches. Instead, they change their shape and their location, moving sand around to maximize the absorption of wave energy, and then recover in the days, months or even years to follow. Look at those post-hurricane and post-tsunami images of devastation—it’s the beachfront houses that are destroyed, but the beaches themselves, albeit covered by debris or covering the ill-placed houses, always remain.”

    Excerpt From: Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. “The Last Beach.” Duke University Press. iBooks.
    This material may be protected by copyright.

    Check out this book on the iBooks Store:

    CW Rice

  2. Bill,

    I downloaded Orrin’s book from Apple, interesting and very informative. Although I only about half-way through the five hundred plus pages.



    Sent from my iPad


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