This report examines a coastal environment in Hervey Bay. The task was to investigate, identify & explain its natural and human processes. And to evaluate & select strategies to manage and maintain the changes to ensure sustainability. The section chosen for this investigation was the Urangan beach, adjacent to Churchill Street. Its main issue it faces is beach erosion. Erosion is caused by the slow or gradual wearing away of sand, and is especially common during storms, high tide and rough weather.
Primary data was gathered in the form of images taken at the beach and guest speakers (Acworth and Broadstock from FCRC) speaking on the issues, solutions and management of coastal areas
Secondary data was taken in the form of sites from the internet (frasercoast council website, frasercoast chronical website).
There were also images and diagrams taken from the internet …show more content…
groynes, harbours, jetties), people walking on dunes and pollution. Although structures such as a groyne is used to help withstand beach erosion it is stopping sand from replenishing beaches further down a coast. This is because it is stopping the sand normally moved by longshore drift. People walking on dunes increases the rate of erosion. This causes the dune to become extremely unstable, making it dangerous - especially if there is a big drop. When the dunes are walked on or when the vegetation is destroyed the sand becomes looser. This leads to dunes becoming more subjectable to collapsing or recedeing.
Pollution does not cause erosion but it has a large impact on beaches as it is bad for the environment and harmful to wildlife. Pollution on the beach is not just plastic bottles and bags it can also include tyres, animal waste, oil spills, cigarette buds etc. This is not only detrimental to the environment it also aesthetically degrades the