Oyster-reef burial…by wind-blown sand


Last week Ethan, Justin, anoyster_buriald Taylor visited that washover fan on Onslow Beach that formed during Hurricane Irene to measure aeolian transport during a wind event.  They noticed that backbarrier marsh and oyster reefs were being buried by wind-blown sand.  Previously, we documented that wind-blown sand contributes to backbarrier marsh accretion (see our list of publications), but burial of an oyster reef by wind-blown sand is not a common occurrence.  They did a great job documenting the burial event with video and photos.  Every time we visit Onslow Beach there is something new to see and learn.




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Institute of Marine Sciences
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