wave-cut platform


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wave-cut platform

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(Physical Geography) a flat surface at the base of a cliff formed by erosion by waves
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A wave-cut platform along the northern shoreline, generally about 20m wide, is cut into these aeolianites and this widens to well over 100m at the western seawards-facing extremity of the island (Fig.
Lithified fossil mangrove trunks and rhizoliths (fossilised roots) are abundantly exposed along the outer parts of the wave-cut platform all along the northern coast (Fig.
The reason(s) for these changes is uncertain--two possibilities are that a progressively-widening wave-cut platform is dissipating barge-generated wave energy or that the exposure of dense root mats along some receding shorelines is increasing resistance to wave erosion.