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Weekend’s Rock!

Posted by Jody on February 24, 2013

Rip Rap Along the Galveston Seawall

Riprap along the Galveston Seawall and beach, Texas Gulf Coast

I simply love  learning about beachy things! Just a few weeks ago, I came across a new-to-me shoreline term: riprap! Riprap, riprap. Isn’t that a fun word to say? Somehow it makes me think of the nick-nack-paddy-wack song.

~So sorry for the Sunday morning earworm! Really, I am!

“What exactly is riprap?” you ask. Also known as rubble, shot rock, rock armour and often spelled rip rap or rip-rap, it’s the permanent cover of rocky material (frequently granite or limestone) used to defend shorelines and shoreline structures against erosion. On the Texas Gulf Coast you can find riprap protecting seawalls, jetties, and bridge supports.  It’s designed so that the rocks absorb, deflect, and/or dissipate the impact energy of waves (think tropical storms and hurricanes). The spaces between the stones are useful in trapping and slowing the flow of water, thereby reducing its ability to wash away coastal soil and structures. Alternative rock at its best!

Rip Rap along the Quintana Jetty, Texas Gulf Coast

Riprap along the Quintana Jetty (Quintana Beach County Park in the background), Texas Gulf Coast

A closer look at the Quintana Jetty Riprap

A closer look at the Quintana Jetty riprap

Everybody sing!

♫ With a rip-rap-paddy-wack

Waves against the stone

This old gal came strolling home! ♫

~~~~~

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17 Responses to “Weekend’s Rock!”

  1. Wow – we pass so much of the stuff on our walks and I have nenver heard of the word before! Thank you!

  2. Love the word, but especially love the rhyme!

  3. I love that word too! hubs taught it to me, it’s so fun to say!

  4. diggingher said

    Love this!

  5. diggingher said

    I also want to say that I so enjoy this blog…all the sand, waves, sun and water…always makes me smile:)

  6. kiwiskan said

    That last shot looks a bit like fossilized wood

  7. Marianne said

    This is my neck of the woods, and I will admit that Galveston is not the prettiest pearl in the necklace of beaches. But it has a lot of history behind it, and is the proud owner of the beautiful 19th century ship, the Elissa.

  8. […] must gratefully acknowledge Jody for the word riprap; I had never heard of it before she drew my attention to it.  I have been […]

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