Bibliography of the Geology, Paleontology, and Ecology of the Beaches of the New York Bight

This selected bibliography is intended to introduce readers to many aspects of the geology, paleontology, and ecology of the physical environment of the coastal area of the New York Bight. It represents only a fraction of the literature published about the region, but contains a broad range of materials, ranging from simple to highly technical. Those interested in the paleontology of the coastal plain and the physical geology of the region should find this list useful!


Isachsen, Y. W., E. Landing, L. M. Lauber, L. V. Rickard, and W. B. Rogers (eds.), 1991. Geology of New York, a simplified account. Albany, NY: New York State Museum/Geological Survey, State Education Dept., They University of the State of New York., Educational leaflet No. 28.

Schuberth, Christopher J., 1968. The Geology of New York City and Environs. Garden City, NY: The Natural History Press, 304 p.

Van Diver, Bradford B., 1985. Roadside Geology of New York. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 397 p.

Harper, David P. and Kay Yost, 1989. Bibliography and Index of New Jersey Geology, 1753-1983. New Jersey Geological Survey Report 21.


U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1993. New York HarborBathymetric Chart 12327.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1995. Northeastern Region, Geological Highway Map [CN, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT]. Tulsa, OK: AAPG.

Rogers, William B., Yngvar W. Isachsen, Timothy D. Mock, and Richard E. Nyahay, 1990. New York State Geological Highway Map. Albany, NY: Geological Survey/New York State Museum, Leaflet no. 28.

Lyttle, Peter T., and Jack B. Epstein, 1987. Geologic map of the Newark 1 X 2 degree quadrangle, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1715.

Weed. E. G. A., J. P. Minard, W. J. Perry, Jr., E. C. Rhodenhamel, and E. I. Robbins, 1974. Generalized Pre-Pleistocene Geologic Map of the Northern United States Atlantic Continental Margin. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-861.

FIELD GUIDES (Items a real beachcomber shouldn't be without!)

Abbott, R. Tucker, 1986. A Guide to Field Identification: Seashells of North America. NY: Golden Press.

Audubon Society, 1992. Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures. NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Audubon Society, 1990. Field Guide to North American Seashells. NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Audubon Society, 1987. Field Guide to North American Fossils. NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Gosner, Kenneth L., 1979. A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore From Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company (Peterson Field Guides Series).

Hume, Ivor Noel, 1991. A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America. NY: Vintage Books.

Kraft, Herbert C. and John T. Kraft, 1991. The Indians of Lenapehoking (The Lenape or Delaware Indians). South Orange, NJ: Seton Hall University Museum, 46 p.

Massachusetts Audubon Society, 1993. Beachcombers Guide to the North Atlantic Seashore. Lincoln, MA: MAS.

Sabelli, Bruno, 1980. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Shells. NY: Simon & Schuster.

References for the "Geology and Geography of the New York Bight"

Allen, James R. and Norbert P. Psuty, 1987. Morphodynamics of a single-barred beach with a rip channel, Fire Island, NY. Coastal Sediments '87, p. 1964-1975.

Blackwelder, Blake W., 1980. Late Wisconsin and Holocene tectonic stability of the United States mid-Atlantic coastal region. Geology, v. 8., p. 534-537.

Bowman, James F., II., Robert Holser, and William Lodding, 19??. Timing and paleoclimate indicators in Columbia Group of New Jersey Coastal Plain. AAPG Association Round Table Abstracts, AAPG Bulletin p. 652.

Bloom, 1983

Carter, C. H., 1975. Miocene-Pliocene beach and tidal deposits, southern New Jersey - in, Tidal deposits, a casebook of recent examples and fossil counterparts. R. N. Ginsburg, ed., NY: Springer-Verlag, p. 109-116.

Coch, Nicholas K., (1993). Hurricane hazards along the Northeastern Atlantic Coast of the United States. In, Journalof Coastal Research Special Issue No. 12, Coastal Hazards, Chapter 9, p. 115-147.

Coch, Nicholas K., 1987. Sediment facies and dispersal patterns in the upper and lower bays of New York Harbor. Coastal Sediment '87, p. 1893-1908.

Cronin, T. M., Szabo, B. J., Ager, T. A., Hazel, J. E., and Owens, J. P., 1981, Quaternary climates and sea levels of the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain: Science, v. 211, p. 233-240.

Dillon, William P. and Robert N. Oldale, 1978. Late Quaternary sea-level curve: reinterpretation based on glaciotectonic influence. Geology, v. 6, p. 56-60.

Dorf, Erling, 1952. Critical analysis of Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleobotany of Atlantic coastal plain. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 36(11), p. 2161- 2184.

Emery, K. O., E. Uchupi, J. D. Phillips, C. O. Bowin, E. T. Bunce, and S. T. Knott, 1970. Continental rise off eastern North America. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 54(1), p. 44-108.

Fischer, A. G., 1961. Stratigraphic record of transgressing seas in light of sedimentation on Atlantic coast of New Jersey. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 45(10), p. 1656-1666.

Fletcher III, Charles H., Harley J. Knebel, and John C. Kraft, 1990. Holocene evolution of an estuarine coast and tidal wetlands. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 102, p. 283- 297.

Flint, Richard Foster, 1940. Pleistocene features of the Atlantic coastal plain. American Journal of Science, v. 238(11), p. 757- 785.

Gelber, Marilyn G. and Peter J. Powers, 1995. Strides seen in New York Harbor cleanup. New York Times, Thursday June 15, 1995, p. B3.

Greenlee, Stephen M., William J. Devlin, Kenneth G. Miller, Gregory s. Mountain, and Peter B. Flemings, 1992. Integrated sequence stratigraphy of Neogene deposits, New Jersey continental shelf and slope: Comparison with the Exxon model. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 104, p. 1403-1411.

Goldsmith, Victor, 1992. New York City is flooding. Sea Frontiers, v. 38(4), p. 24-31, 62.

Hanley, Robert, 1992. Two towns use different tactics to fight beach erosion. New York Times, October 13, 1992, p. B4.

Hawes, Elizabeth, 1993. Castles in the sand [Fire Island's fight against natural disaster]. New York Times, July 11, 1993, p. 6- 24.

Heller, Paul L., Carl M. Wentworth, and C. Wylie Poag, 1982. Episodic post-rift subsidence of the United States Atlantic continental margin. Geology Society of America Bulletin, V. 93, p. 379-390.

Hint, Martha Bockee, 1967(?). Long Island before the Revolution. NY: Ira J. Friedman, Inc.

Hutchinson, Deborah R. and John A. Grow, 1982. New York Bight fault. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 82-208, 8 p.

Isphording, Wayne C., 1970. Late Tertiary paleoclimate of eastern United States. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 54(2), p. 334-343.

Johnson, Meredith E., and Horace G. Richards, 1952. Stratigraphy of coastal plain of New Jersey. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 36(11), p. 2150-2160.

Kelley, Joseph T., 1981(?), Coment and Reply on "Quaternary rivers on the New Jersey shelf: Relation of seafloor to buried valleys. Geology, p. 98.

Kennedy, W. J., and W. A. Cobban, 1993. Lower Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) ammonites form the Merchantville Formation of New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Journal of Paleontology, v. 67(5), p. 828-849.

Kennedy, W. J. and W. A. Cobban, 1994. Ammonite fauna from the Wenonah Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of New Jersey. Journal of Paleontology, v. 68(1), p. 95-109.

Kerr, Ricard A., 1996. Ancient sea-level swings confirmed. Science, v. 272,(May 24, 1996), p. 1097-1098.

Kerhin, Randall T. and S. Jeffress Williams, 1987. Surficial sediments and Late Quaternary sedimentary framework of the Maryland inner continental shelf. Coastal Sediments '87, p. 2126- 2140.

Knebel, Harley J., Sally A. Wood, and Elliott C. Spiker, 1979, Hudson River: Evidence for extensive migration on the exposed continental shelf during Pleistocene time. Geology, v. 7, p. 254-258.

Koeberl, C., C. W. Poag, W. U. Reimold, and D. Brandt, 1996. Impact origin of the Chesapeake Bay structure and the source of the North American tectites. Science, v. 271 (March 1, 1996), p. 1263-1266.

Kraft, John C. Robert E. Sheridan and Marilyn Maisano, 1971. Time-stratigraphic units and petroleum entrapment models in Baltimore Canyon basin of Atlantic continental margin geosynclines. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 59(5), p. 658-679.

MacKenzie, Clyde L., Jr., 1992. The fisheries of Raritan Bay. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Mathews, W. H., 1975. Cenozoic erosion and erosion surfaces of eastern North America. American Journal of Science, v. 275, p. 818-824.

McGregor, Bonnie, William L Stubblefield, William B. F. Ryan, and David C. Twichell, 1982. Wilmington Submarine Canyon: a marine fluvial-like system. Geology, v. 10, p. 27-30.

Miller, Kenneth G., Dennis V. Kent, Andrew N. Browner, Laurel M. Bybell, Mark D. Feigenson, Richard K. Olsson, and Richard Z. Poore., 1990. Eocene-Oligocene sea-level changes on the New Jersey coastal plain linked to the deep-sea record. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 102, p. 331-339.

Miller, Halsey W., Jr., 1956. Correlations of Paleocene and Eocene formation and Cretaceous-Paleocene boundary in New Jersey. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 40(4), p. 722-736.

Minard, James P., 1969. Geology of the Sandy Hook Quadrangel in Monmouth County. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1276.

National Science Foundation, 1993. Continental Shelf and Rise, Proceedings of the Ocena Drilling Program, v. 150 (plus Research Results volume).

Nordstrom, Karl F., Paul A. Gares, Norbert P. Psuty, Orrin H. Pikey, Jr., William J. Neal, and Orrin H. Pikey, Sr., 1986. Living with the New Jersey shore. Durhan, NC: Duke University Press, 191 p.

Nummedal, Dag and John W. Snedden, 1987. Sediment exchange between the shoreface and continental shelf - evidence from the modern Texas coast and the rock record. Coastal Sediment '87, p. 2110-2125.

Olsson, Robert K., 1963. Latest Cretaceous and earliest Tertiary stratigraphy of New Jersey coastal plain. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 47(4), p. 643-665.

Olsson, Robert K., 1987. Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Atlantic Highlands of New Jersey. Geological Society of America Centennial Field Guide - Northeastern Section, p. 87-90.

Olsson, Richard K., Kenneth G. Miller, and Timothy E. Ungrady, 1980. Late Oligocene transgression of middle Atlantic coastal plain. Geology, v. 8, p. 549-554.

Overpeck, Jonathan T. and Robert S. Webb, 1992. Mapping eastern North American vegetation change fo the past 18ka: No analogs and the future. Geology, v. 20, p. 1071-1074.

Owens, J. P. and Minard, J. P., 1979, Upper Cenozoic sediments of the lower Delaware Valley, and the northern Delmarva Pennisula (NJ, PA, DE, VA): US Geological Survey, Professional Paper 1067-D, 47 p.

Payton, Beverly M., 1985, Ocean dumping in the New York Bight. Environment, November, 1985, p. 26-32.

Perry, W. J., J. P. Minard, E. G. A. Weed, E. I. Robbins, and E. C. Rhodehamel, 1975. Stratigraphy of Atlantic coastal margin of United States north of Cape Hatteras - brief survey. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 59(9), p. 1529-1547.

Petters, Sunday W., 1976. Upper Cretaceous subsurface stratigraphy of Atlantic Coastal Plain of New Jersey. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 60(1), p. 87-107.

Pikey, Orrin H., 1989. The engineering of sand. Journal of Geological Education, v. 37, p. 308-311.

Pittman III, Walter C., 1978. Relationship between eustasy and stratigraphic sequences of passive margins. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 89, p. 1389-1403.

Poag, C. W., D. S. Powars, L. J. Poppe, R. B. Mixon, L.E. Edwars, D. W. Folger, S. Bruce, 1992. Deep Sea Drilling Project Site 612 bolide event: new evidence of a late Eocene impact-wave deposit and a possible impact site, U.S. east coast. Geology, v.20, p. 771-774.

Richards, H.G., et al., 1962. The Cretaceous fossils in New Jersey, Parts I and II. Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Geological Survey.

Revkin, Andrew C., 1996. Curbs on silt disposal threaten port of New York. New York Times, March 18, 1996, p. 1+.

Savage, Rebecca J. and William A Birkemeier, 1987. Storm erosion data from the United States Atlantic coast. Coastal Sediments '87, p. 1445-1459.

Sawyer, D. S., B. A. Swift, J. G. Sclater, and N. M. Toksoz, 1982. Extensional model for the subsidence of the northern United States Atlantic continental margin. Geology, v. 10, p. 134-140.

Sheridan, R. D., R. K. Olsson, and J. J. Miller, 1991. Seismic reflection and gravity study of proposed Taconic suture under the New Jersey coastal plain: implications for continental growth. Geology Society of America Bulletin, v. 103, p. 402-414.

Spangler, Walter B. and Jahn J. Peterson, 1950. Geology of Atlantic coastal plain in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 34(1), p. 1-99.

Stanley, D. J., Swift, D.J.P., and Richards, H. G., 1967, Fossiliferous concretions on Georges Bank: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 37, no. 4, p. 1070-1083.

Stose, George W., 1940. Age of the Schooley peneplain. American Journal of Science, v. 238(7), p. 461-476.

Stubblefield, W. L, D. G. Kersey, and D. W. McGrail, 1983. Development of middle continental shelf sand ridges: New Jersey. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 67, no. 5, p. 817-830.

Sugarman, Peter J., Kenneth G. Miller, James P. Owens, Mark D. Feigneson, 1993. Strontium-isotope and sequence stratigraphy of the Miocene Kerkwood Formation, southern New Jersey. Geology Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, p. 423-436.

Sugarman, Peter J., Kenneth G. Miller, David Bukry, Mark D. Feigenson, 1995. Uppermost Campanian-Maestrichtian strontium isotopic, biostratigraphic, and sequence stratigraphic framework of the New Jersey coastal plain. GSA Bulletin, v. 107(1), p. 19- 37.

Swift, Donald J. P., Randy Moir, and George L. Freeland, 1980. Quaternary rivers on the New Jersey shelf: relation of seafloor to buried valleys. Geology, v. 8, p. 276-280.

Walker, H., Jesse and James M. Coleman, 1987. Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Provice. Geological Society of America Centennial Special Volume 2, p. 51-110.

Weed, E.G.A., J.P. Minard, W.J. Perry, Jr., E.D. Rhodemanel, and E.I. Robbins, 1974, Generalized pre-Pleistocene geologic map of the northern United States Altlantic continental margion. USGS Misc. Inv. Map, I-861.

Wellner, R. W., G.M. Ashley, and R. E. Sheridan, 1993, Seismic stratigraphic evidence for a submerged middle Wisconsin barrier: Implication for sea-level history. Geology, v. 21, p. 109-112.

Williams, S.J. and E.P. Meisburger, 1987. Sand sources for the transgressive barrier coast of Long Island, New York: Evidence for landward transport of shelf sediments. Coastal Sediment '87, p. 1517-1532.

Williams, S. Jeffress, 1975. Anthropogenic Filling of the Hudson River (Shelf) Channel. Geology, v. 3(10), p. 597-600.

Williams, S. Jeffress, 1979. Geologic Effects of Ocean Dumping on the New York Bight Inner Shelf. Ocean Dumping and Marine Pollution. Ed. Harold D. Palmer and M. Grant Gross. Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Inc.

Williams, S. Jeffress and David B. Duane, 1974. Geomorphology and sediments of the inner New York Bight Continental Shelf. U.S. Army, Corp of Engineers, Coastal Engineering Research Center, Technical Memorandum No. 45, 75 p.


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