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Geography Coursework- Coasts

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  • Submitted: 08/10/2008
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GCSE Physical Geography

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There are many group of features shaped by erosion are headlands and bays. Headlands are formed when the sea attacks a section of coast consisting of alternating bands of hard and soft rock.

Headland and bay: Myrtos Bay, Kefalonia

The bands of soft rock, such as sand and clay, erode more quickly than those of more resistant hard rock, such as chalk. This leaves a section of land jutting out into the sea; this is called a headland. The areas where the soft rock has eroded away, next to the headland, are called bays.

Coasts where the geology alternates between strata (or bands) of hard rocks and soft rocks is called a discordant coastline. Discordant coastlines will have alternating headlands and bays. Concordant coastline is where the rock remains the same along the coastline. Concordant coastlines tend to have less bays and headlands.

Wave cut platform at Southerndown, South Wales

The formation of a wave cut platform

A wave-cut platform, marine terrace, or shore platform is the narrow flat area often seen at the base of a sea cliff caused by the action of the waves. It forms after destructive waves

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