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1997-98 El Niño Coastal Monitoring Program


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, October 9, 1997

Seacliff State Beach, just north of the pier, exhibiting a wide sandy beach in early fall.

Seacliff Beach 10-9


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, Mid-December, 1997

View to the west from the coastal bluffs above Seacliff State Beach showing typical winter beach conditions. The cement ship "Palo Alto" and pier are in the center.

Seacliff Beach 12-97


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, January 20, 1998

Seacliff State Beach, just north of the pier, undergoing significant erosion during a high-wave energy event.

Seacliff Beach 1-20


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, February 6, 1998

Coastal bluffs at Seacliff State Beach showing debris-flow type failures from recent heavy rains. The bluffs are protected from direct wave attack by a seawall, road, and parking lot.

Seacliff Beach 2-6


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, February 6, 1998

El Niño storm conditions at Seacliff with waves breaking over the bow of the cement ship Palo Alto and the beach submerged at high tide.

Seacliff Beach 2-6


Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz, February 7, 1998

The cement ship Palo Alto taking on heavy El Niño storm-generated waves.

Seacliff Beach 2-7

Click on a beach name to see a series of photographs
taken from October '97 - February '98

Location Map
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The Boardwalk,
Santa Cruz

Capitola Beach,
Capitola

Cowells Beach,
Santa Cruz

Its Beach,
Santa Cruz

Main Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seabright Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seacliff Beach,
Santa Cruz

Esplanade Drive,
Pacifica

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