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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1206

Coastal Change Along the Shore of Northeastern South Carolina: The South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study

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Figure 2.8. Beach profiles collected at Myrtle Beach over a 10-year period showing changes in beach shape.  Blue lines represent the beach before and after Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989, causing extensive erosion.  The 1997 pre-nourishment profile shows limited amounts of mobile sediment overlying beachrock and sedimentary rock, which commonly were exposed along the beach and shoreface.  Later that year, a large amount of new sediment was pumped onto the beach and buried the rocky outcrops beneath a wide, sandy berm.  Ten years after the nourishment, the beach fill has eroded but continues to cover the rocks.  See Figure 4.5 for location. [Click here for high-resolution image.]

Figure 2.8 - Beach profiles collected at Myrtle Beach over a 10-year period showing changes in beach shape.
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