Cliffs and wave-cut platforms
Cliffs are shaped through erosion and weathering.
Cliffs and wave-cut platforms are landforms of erosion commonly found along the coast.
Processes of coastal erosion and weathering are responsible for shaping cliffs. Less resistant (soft) rock erodes quickly, forming gentle sloping cliffs. More resistant (hard) rock forms steep cliffs.
Where cliffs are made from more resistant rock, wave-cut platforms are often formed. A wave-cut platform is a wide, gently sloping surface found at the cliff’s base and extends into the sea. The image below shows a wave-cut platform formed at Flamborough, Holderness Coast.
A wave-cut platform is formed when:
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