A Small, Quaint Beach

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A small, quaint beach is located in Texas, and is known by the name of Galveston. It has a very vivid and interesting backstory, more so than cities twenty times its size. Galveston Beach was originally home to Akokisa and Karankawa Native Americans during 1528. Robert Cavelier La Salle, a French explorer, claimed the land for King Louis, naming it St. Louis in the late 1600s. Later, in 1786, Galveston was named for Bernardo de Galvez; he was a Spanish general and governor of colonies, and he sent explorers to chart the land (from the Gulf of Mexico of the Texan coast to New Orleans but Galvez died before he ever set foot on his island. However, the first settler was European, a pirate known by the name “Jean Lafitte,” who created the…show more content…
Long shore currents continuously transport sand south along the coast. Harsh winter weather pulls sand from dunes and upper beaches, depositing it onto offshore sand bars and reducing beach width, while gentler wave action during milder summer weather acts to restore the shoreline (NOAA, 2013.) The structure of barrier islands is determined by the movement of sand in the littoral zone, which is the land-facing side of the island. In August of the year 1933, a hurricane created an inlet south of Ocean City, Maryland. The inlet separated the island from Maryland (U.S. National Parks Service, 2012.) After the hurricane, a permanent system of artificial jetties was built for navigation purposes, and has drifted westward considerably from the original landmass; without the jettisons, it would have silted back because of longshore drift which is a geographical process that consists of the transportation of sediments, such as clay, silt, sand, and shingle along a coast at an angle to the shoreline, which depends on prevailing wind direction, amongst other factors, This process occurs in the littoral zone, and is on in or close to the surf zone. The artificial jettisons has created wider beaches and better fishing access, but also has caused erosion problems on Assateague Island. As an added note, Assateague island is well known for their white sand
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