Cliff and Shore Platform Formation

  • Created by: goldstar3
  • Created on: 01-11-18 12:54

Cliff Formation

  • Marine erosion
  • Weathering
  • Mass movement
  • Waves undercut coastal slopes by hydraulic action and abrasion. This creates a basal notch.
  • Basal notches are 1-2m in height and can be up to 3m deep.
  • Rocks overhanging notch collapse, aided by gravity
  • Steeper, new cliff face created.
  • Rock fall is a common mass movement process where small pieces of rock become detached and fall from the cliff face
  • Pieces of rock loosened by weathering e.g. freeze-thaw which attacks joints
  • Wave energy and


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