Landforms of Coastal Erosion Flashcards

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Do headlands form along concordant or discordant coastlines?
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Headlands form along discordant coastlines.

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What is a wave-cut platform?
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A wave-cut platform is a wide, gently sloping surface found at the base of the cliff and extends into the sea.

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Identify your case study location for landforms of coastal erosion.
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The case study location will be identified e.g. Flamborough Head / Durdle Door / Old Harry Rocks.

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Explain the formation of a wave-cut platform.
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The sea attacks a weakness in the base of the cliff. For example, this could be a joint in chalk. A wave-cut notch is created by erosional processes such as hydraulic action and abrasion. As the notch becomes larger the cliff becomes unstable and collapses as the result of gravity. The cliff retreats inland. The material from the collapsed cliff face is eroded and transported away. This leaves a wave-cut platform. The process repeats over time.

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What is a concordant coastline?
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A concordant coastline is where the same rock runs along the length of the coast. Concordant coastlines tend to have fewer bays and headlands.

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