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.
Historical Examples

Eastward the barrier beach was looming stark and black against a growing greenish pallor in the sky.
The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance

At the time of our visit, the part of the barrier beach south of the tidal inlet was connected with the mainland.
Mammals Obtained by Dr. Curt von Wedel from the Barrier Beach of Tamaulipas, Mexico E. Raymond Hall

Sweeping in a wide arc as it gathered speed, the boat presently shot out smartly on a straight course for the barrier beach.
The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance

Diagram of physiographic features of the barrier beach of Tamaulipas.
Mammals Obtained by Dr. Curt von Wedel from the Barrier Beach of Tamaulipas, Mexico E. Raymond Hall

A partial skeleton including the skull was picked up on the barrier beach at a place 33 miles south of Washington Beach.
The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico Ticul Alvarez

Two fragments of lower jaw from the barrier beach were examined and assigned to this subspecies on geographic grounds.
The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico Ticul Alvarez

Beyond the golden arm of the barrier beach drifted the lazy purple sails of coastwise schooners.
The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance

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