Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, edited by Maurice L. Schwartz, foreword by Orrin H. Pilkey, 245 contributors, published by Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands xxxvi 1 1126 pp., 796 illustr. [11 in color], hardcover, 2005, ISBN 1-4020-1903-3 $499 (€280).

Some thirty years ago, Rhodes W. Fairbridge launched the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, and its volumes, no longer sequentially numbered, have appeared under the imprint of various publishers. Each book turned out to be an outstanding tool of the library of the professional earth scientist and a valuable reference for the peripheral readers. Twenty years ago, M.L. Schwartz put out his Encyclopedia of Beaches and Coastal Environments, which was highly appreciated. The present effort updates and completes that work.

Not less than 245 contributors address the multitude a topics in entries, some brief, but some covering several pages. New terms are introduced, for instance tor,...

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