Tongaporutu Coastline - Four Brothers Beach

 

Impermanence

Tongaporutu Coastline Project 

 by

Pat Greenfield

 

The Tongaporutu Project (Taranaki, New Zealand) documents the evolution of this rapidly changing coastline over a roughly ten year period. The information here could be particularly valuable with regards to climate change.

 

Coast


THE TONGAPORUTU COASTLINE.  An overview, including its location and Key to Sites as per the illustrated map. 

  • Overview
  • Cliff Compositions
  • Coastline Map
  • 2011 Aerial Photoshoot

 

Storm


WEATHER, dates, tides, moon phases.  ALSO, this is the MASTER REFERENCE SECTION for the entire project.  It details every single date that I visited each specific site(s) at Tongaporutu.  The purpose of this is to make for easier cross section navigation.  This is vital for Cause and Effect.  For example, a cause at one location may have a noticeable effect on another location.

 

Strata


ROCK STRATAS and FOSSIL TREES.  Also included are things that struck a personal chord with me, so as such this section is more eclectic than the others.

 

Cliffs


Cliff collapses – types and causes (dynamics), including resonance, ripple effects and fractal scaling, etc.

 

Caves


Sea cave evolution, including cliff collapses specific to them.  Handedness, etc.

 

Stacks


ROCK STACKS.  Sea stack formation and destruction.  The wash zone, calving locations, longevity, etc.

 

Pilot Point


The FAMILY OF ROCKS at PILOT POINT.  This cluster of rocks are located close to the Pilot Point Arch.  ALSO, the TONGAPORUTU RIVER.  This includes the river’s migration patterns and its effects on the outer and inner estuary, including the sand dunes.

 

Sand


BEACHES.  Beach composition.  Includes sand replenishment and depletion atop the underlying bedrock.  Why beaches rise and fall and the shapes they take.  Also, rock shelves, platforms and rocks.

 

Fauna


 

FLORA AND FAUNA.  This section also includes jellyfish strandings, driftwood accumulations and general wash-ups.  Wash-ups (flotsam), to include plants, sometimes collectively referred to as ‘vegetation’,  dead stock and man-made rubbish.

 

People


The human connection, including some of their stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tongaporutu Coastline - aid to navigation map .

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