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ALBINO, Jacqueline and SUGUIO, Kenitiro. Sedimentation processes and beach morphodynamics active at the Doce River mouth, Espírito Santo State, Brazil. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2010, vol.82, n.4, pp. 1031-1044. ISSN 0001-3765. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652010000400023.
The coastal sedimentation model in the Doce River mouth and surroundings extends beyond the hydraulic jetty effect created by its stream-flow. During flooding, marine sediments transported by longshore currents are retained on the updrift side, causing strandline progradation. As the longshore current direction varies, local depositional and erosional effects can be produced and identified laterally within beach profiles from north and south of the Doce River mouth area. Sedimentological studies carried out in this river, beach and adjacent inner continental shelf sands showed that, at present, the influence of Doce River sediments is restricted to the area surrounding its mouth. Meanwhile, beach morphodynamic stages and present-day coastal-plain processes of sedimentation are directly affected by the Doce River discharge as a natural continuation of the Quaternary geological evolution of the area.
Keywords : coastal processes; beach morphodynamics; Quaternary evolution; Doce River; Brazil.