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Stratigraphy and morphology of the barrier platform of Breton Island, Louisiana: deltaic, marine and human influences

April 1, 2015

Breton Island, located at the southern end of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, is part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Breton NWR is recognized as an important bird habitat and is host to one of Louisiana's largest historical brown pelican nesting colonies. Loss of island area through relative sea-level rise, storm impact, and impeded and diminishing sediment supply is reducing the available habitat, and restoration is necessary if the island is to remain emergent. Physical investigation of the Breton Island platform has provided new insight into the geologic framework. The data reveal a complex system that is undergoing both long-term and short-term change. Results of the study help to resolve uncertainties in island evolution and will assist in effective restoration of the island.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Stratigraphy and morphology of the barrier platform of Breton Island, Louisiana: deltaic, marine and human influences
DOI 10.1142/9789814689977_0194
Authors James G. Flocks, Jack L. Kindinger, Jennifer L. Miselis, Stanley D. Locker
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Coastal Sediments
Index ID 70148390
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center