It is a rare occurrence these days to sit down with a book and find everything you need within just those pages. Usually, I find myself reaching for another volume to reference an area of study that was not covered in the text I initially sat down with. Not so with the recently published Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. Gary Griggs has written a wonderful account of how coastal regions are formed and subsequently affected by the constant barrage of natural and human interactions. The book first brings you on a historical journey of early human settlement of the coastal zone. This then leads into more modern themes, such as urban expansion, coastal megacities, population increases, coastal hazard vulnerability, and human impacts. But that is only the first part of the message, which is an introduction to humans and...

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