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Coastal Features in the Gower

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Coastal Features in the Gower The Gower Peninsular is in Wales, near Swansea. The coast is made up of many different coastal features which have altered the landscape. The rock on the map is a wave cut platform and that is where the original coast was but erosion has caused the coast to retreat. You will be able to see stacks, stumps and arches along the southern coast, these are caused by corrosion, corrosion and hydraulic action. Initially a cave is formed; there are many caves along the coast, including Worms Head Cave. Worms Head Cave is actually positioned on a stack. After the cave has formed it is widened and deepened until the sea forms a natural arch. Waves continue eroding the arch until eventually the roof of the arch collapses and leaves part of the original cliff, this is the stack. ...read more.


The platform widens to a point, but due to the cliff being attacked less frequently by waves, it is thought that they can only reach a maximum of 0.5km. Longshore drift is where material is moved along a stretch of coastline. Waves approach the shore at an angle (usually in line with prevailing wind direction) and swash moves material up the beach in this direction. Backwash pulls material straight down the beach. The result is that material is transported in a zigzag fashion. Some of the beach is wind blown but some of it was moved by LSD, the windblown sand is not covered at high tide but the sand moved by LSD is covered. Personal Response to Col-Huw Point Col-Huw Point is on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, 2km southwest of Llantwit Major. ...read more.


If people stop visiting the beach then they will, too, loose a lot of business. I personally do not find it an attractive place, I prefer sandy beaches, and this is too rocky. I think that the beach could also be quite dangerous; at least one person has died here. The cliff face is steep and the ground is rocky and hard. If the beach is preserved then I think that safety measures should be introduced around the top of the cliff. There are mixed opinions about the beach, some people, mainly locals say that the coast should be saved but others say that it should be left in its natural state. I can see both points of view but think that the beach should be left as much as possible. It is not the only piece of coast in the area so visitors could go somewhere else. It would be expensive to preserve the beach and that money could be spent elsewhere in the town. ...read more.

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