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Author(s):L. Gómez-Pujol, M. Compa, A. Orfila, A. Álvarez-Ellacuría, P. Balaguer, F. Roig-Munar, J. Fornós, J. Tintoré
Title:The beaches of Menorca: Nature and distribution Las playas de Menorca: Naturaleza y distribución
Journal:Monografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears
Issue No.:25
Abstract:© 2017 Monografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears. All right reserved. The Menorcan coast contains 114 beach systems, which occupy 9, 9% of the coastline. Menorcan beaches are characterized by a microtidal and a moderate wave energy environment where, at annual scale, in few occasions significant wave heights attend values larger than 3m. Biogenic medium to coarse sands beaches are the dominant feature, although the island morphostructure controls both: the type of beach and the sediment nature and/or texture. In average, the shoreline change rate for the island beaches shows a stability scenario reinforced by the large number of embayed and pocket beaches along the Menorcan coast. The beaches exposed to the most energetic waves tend show cobble-boulder beaches at the cliff-toe.

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