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Title: Bolinas Lagoon inlet, California
Authors: Johnson, J. W.
Keywords: Lagoons--California--Bolinas Lugoon
Tidal flats--California--Bolinas Lugoon
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper;no. 3-74
Abstract: Abstract: The hydraulic and sedimentary characteristics of tidal inlets on sandy coasts have long been of interest to engineers involved in harbor design and maintenance. O'Brien (1931), in a study of west coast inlets, proposed a relationship between the minimum inlet area below mean sea level and the tidal prism. Other investigators in recent years have proposed similar relationships. A reanalysis of data from inlets on U.S. coasts by O'Brien (1967), resulted in a later observation (O'Brien, 1971); he believed that the equilibrium relationship between inlet area and tidal prism as he originally proposed seemed to be a first approximation only and that the next effort should be for quantitative understanding of deviations from the approximation. If the flow area is determined by the tidal prism, then this area is in constant process of adjustment because the tide range, and the related tidal prism, varies continually. The Bolinas Bay-Bolinas Lagoon' system is a natural laboratory in which a large amount of data has been compiled on hydrography, wave action, tidal hydraulics, sediment transport and sedimentation, and the ecosystem. However, the data arc insufficient to adequately define the importance of the inlet area and tidal prism. The source, nature, and availability of data on the Bolinas Lagoon inlet are summarized as a guide to possible future studies at Bolinas, and at other inlets.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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