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Map showing coastal cliff retreat rates along the Big Sur coast, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California

October 1, 2004

The average coastal cliff retreat rate along the Big Sur coast is 18 ? 6 cm/yr as measured over a 52-year time period. The erosion reference features measured as the cliff edge include the well-defined cliff edges common to marine terraces, slight breaks in the slope defining the upper edge of the active lower slope, and the road grade. Cliff erosion and retreat are focused in isolated erosion hotspots that account for most of the calculated average retreat.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Map showing coastal cliff retreat rates along the Big Sur coast, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California
DOI 10.3133/sim2853
Authors Cheryl J. Hapke, Krystal R. Green
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Map
Series Number 2853
Index ID sim2853
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization