narrow islands of sand that run parallel to the shoreline. They are separated from the mainland by a river, marsh, or lagoon. Inlets separate adjacent barrier islands. Barrier islands function as a buffer for the mainland against storms and heavy surf.
An offshore sand bar that rises above the mean high-water level, forming an island.
long, narrow island, built largely of beach sand, parallel with the mainland and separated from it by a lagoon
A long, narrow island that parallels a shoreline.
A long, narrow, sandy island that is above high tide and parallel to the shore that commonly has dunes, vegetated zones, and swampy terrains extending lagoonward from the beach. Compare – barrier beach. (modified from Jackson, 1997)
A ridge of sand that runs parallel to the main coast but is separated from it by a bay or lagoon. Barrier islands range from 10 to 100 kilometers in length and from 2 to 5 kilometers in width. A barrier island may be as high as 6 meters above sea level. barrier reef A long, narrow reef that runs parallel to the main coast but is separated from it by a wide lagoon.
a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore
a long narrow ridge of sand just offshore running parallel to the coast
a long, thin, sandy stretch of land, oriented parallel to the mainland coast that protects the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves
a long, thin, sandy stretch of land that lies parallel to a mainland coast
a narrow island of sand that lies parallel to a shoreline
a narrow strip of sandy beach, sand dunes, marsh and maritime forests along the coast
a unique tidewater landform running parallel to the coastline which features a wide, flat sand beach, a series of grassy dunes, a Maritime Forest, interior lagoons, meandering creeks and pristine salt marshes
long narrow strips of sand forming islands parallel and not far from coast
A long, narrow island parallel to the shore, composed of sand and built by wave action.
A detached portion of a BARRIER BEACH between two INLETS. See Figure 6.
long, narrow strips of sand forming islands that protect inland areas from ocean waves and storms
A low, elongated coastal island that parallels the shoreline and protects the beach from storms [LCOTE
A sand body that is essentially parallel to the shore, the crest of which is above normal high water level.
A long, relatively narrow island running parallel to the mainland, built up by the action of waves and currents and serving to protect the coast from erosion by surf and tidal surges.
Long, narrow islands of sand and/or gravel that are usually aligned parallel to the shore of some coasts.