barrier beach
a bar parallel to shore high enough to be above high water. Separated from the mainland by open water (lagoons, bays and estuaries) or by salt marshes. Also called barrier island and offshore barrier

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • barrier beach — noun see barrier I, 2b * * * a sand ridge that rises slightly above the surface of the sea and runs roughly parallel to the shore, from which it is separated by a lagoon. * * * barrier beach, a long, thin sand ridge built by the action of waves… …   Useful english dictionary

  • barrier beach —    1) A narrow, elongate, coarse textured, intertidal, sloping landform that is generally parallel with the beach ridge component of a barrier island or spit and adjacent to the ocean.    Compare: barrier island.    SSS    2) [ relict ]… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • barrier beach — a sand ridge that rises slightly above the surface of the sea and runs roughly parallel to the shore, from which it is separated by a lagoon. * * * …   Universalium

  • barrier beach —   low lying, bar shaped sand and/or coral island lying parallel to but slightly away from a coastline. The landward side tends to be marshy or a lagoon …   Geography glossary

  • submerged back-barrier beach —    A permanently submerged extension of the back barrier beach that generally parallels the boundary between estuary and the barrier island.    Compare: submerged mainland beach, barrier beach.    SSS …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • back-barrier beach —    A narrow, elongate, intertidal, sloping landform that is generally parallel with the shoreline located on the lagoon or estuary side of the barrier island, or spit.    Compare: barrier island.    SSS …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • barrier island — n. a long island, parallel to the coastline, formed from a ridge of sand (barrier beach) thrown up by the waves, that serves the shore as a protective barrier against tidal waves, storms, etc …   English World dictionary

  • barrier flat —    A relatively flat, low lying area, commonly including pools of water, separating the exposed or seaward edge of a barrier beach or barrier island from the lagoon behind it. An assemblage of both deflation flats left behind migrating dunes and… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • barrier island — noun a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore • Hypernyms: ↑island • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Hatteras Island * * * noun : a barrier so broadened as to be much more than a barrier beach; also : a long series of such …   Useful english dictionary

  • barrier — /bar ee euhr/, n. 1. anything built or serving to bar passage, as a railing, fence, or the like: People may pass through the barrier only when their train is announced. 2. any natural bar or obstacle: a mountain barrier. 3. anything that… …   Universalium

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