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Coastal environments

The coast is a narrow overlap zone between the land and sea in which the
processes of each operate.
A range of physical processes including erosion, weathering, deposition,
transportation and mass movement (sub aerial) give rise to distinctive
coastal landforms.
The coast is an open energy system. Powered…

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3 distinct zones of the coast

Offshore zone

Area of relatively deep water
Wave induced sediment limited in water more than 20metres deep

Nearshore zone

Waves break and move inshore
Travel up the beach as swash and back out to sea as backwash
Area affected by swash/backwash is determined by…


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