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Shipman, H. 2008. A Geomorphic Classification of Puget Sound Nearshore Landforms. Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership Report No. 2008-01. Published by Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, Washington.

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This report proposes a conceptual classification of nearshore landforms that is hierarchical, reflects the primary role of geomorphic processes in shaping the landscape and is relevant to the unique setting of Puget Sound. This framework is based on the concept that ecosystems are shaped by physical processes and are uniquely associated with particular coastal landforms. The report identifies the factors that influence the primary shoreline types observed on Puget Sound and discusses the close relationship between geomorphic processes and landforms.


This report provides the basis for the 'system' category used to organize pages around the physiographic setting. This classification differs from McBride et al 2009 as developed by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission which provides a more differentiation among some types of embayments. A brief analysis of the relationship between the two approaches has been completed by Scott Redmond of the Puget Sound Partnership

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