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Coast Lines
Author: Mark Monmonier

ISBN: 9780226534039
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17 March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 16.3 x 1.91
Description:
In the next century, sea levels are predicted to rise at unprecedented rates, causing flooding around the world, from the islands of Malaysia and the canals of Venice to the coasts of Florida and California. These rising water levels pose serious challenges to all aspects of coastal existence--chiefly economic, residential, and environmental--as well as to the cartographic definition and mapping of coasts. It is this facet of coastal life that Mark Monmonier tackles in "Coast Lines." Setting sail on a journey across shifting landscapes, cartographic technology, and climate change, Monmonier reveals that coastlines are as much a set of ideas, assumptions, and societal beliefs as they are solid black lines on maps.
Whether for sailing charts or property maps, Monmonier shows, coastlines challenge mapmakers to capture on paper a highly irregular land-water boundary perturbed by tides and storms and complicated by rocks, wrecks, and shoals. "Coast Lines "is peppered with captivating anecdotes about the frustrating effort to expunge fictitious islands from nautical charts, the tricky measurement of a coastline's length, and the contentious notions of beachfr...

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