The Work of Waves and Wind

The Work of Waves and Wind - TheWorkofWavesandWind OVERVIEW

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The Work of Waves and Wind  OVERVIEW   This chapter examines the processes and landforms that result when wind energy  moves surface materials, either directly as wind or indirectly as waves. Both waves and  wind are driven by the rotation and unequal surface heating of the earth. Shoreline  refers to the line of contact between water and land, while  coastline  refers to the zone of influence of wave processes.  Waves approaching a shoreline are slowed by the drag of the bottom, become  steeper and eventually collapse to form  breakers The energy of breakers expended along a coastline causes  erosion  and  transportation  of shoreline materials.  Weak or soft shoreline materials are eroded rapidly by wave action to form  marine scarps , while more resistant materials are eroded slowly to form  marine  cliffs Beaches  are thick wedge-shaped accumulations of sand shaped by the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course GEA GEA2000 taught by Professor Wong,faith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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