Padre Island National Seashore: A Guide to the Geology, Natural Environments, and History of a Texas Barrier Island, by B. R. Weise and W. A. White. 94 p., 121 figs., 1 table, 1 plate. 1980; reprinted 1991, 2016. ISSN: 0363-4132. Print
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"Stretching 113 miles under the South Texas sun is the longest barrier island in the United States. This is Padre Island-where shipwrecked Spaniards were once pursued and massacred by fierce Karankawa Indians; where Pat Dunn's vaqueros herded thousands of cattle in preparation for trips to the market; and where now almost a million visitors every year spread out along the miles of sandy and shelly beaches to enjoy the untamed beauty of Padre Island National Seashore.
This guide to Padre Island National Seashore describes and explains island and lagoon environments, the active processes that constantly change the face of Padre, and natural records left by those processes. A road log for a short field trip directs readers to these environments and effects of the active processes. The guide also presents summaries of the geologic origin and history of Padre, as well as the history of human use of the island and interaction with the natural environments. Because this book is designed for an audience with a wide range of interests, education, and experience, the text should prove useful and interesting to geologists and students as well as to the casual island observer."
Weise, B. R., and White, W. A., 1980, Padre Island National Seashore: A Guide to the Geology, Natural Environments, and History of a Texas Barrier Island: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 17, 94 p.