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The Interesting Things You May See on a Beach

13 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on The Interesting Things You May See on a Beach
The Interesting Things You May See on a Beach

Learn, discover and explore the natural wonders of the Carolina Coast. We offer family tours around Wrightsville Beach. Birding, fishing, and sunset cruises are our specialty, but we love school groups and wedding charters too! But we don’t like only to party – we love educating our clients, and we hope to present to you some of the interesting beach related terms in this fun article!

The Interesting Things You May See on a Beach

  • A beach is a landform along the coast of an ocean or sea. It usually consists of loose particles, which are often composed of rock, such as sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles, or cobblestones. The particles comprising a beach are occasionally biological in origin, such as mollusc shells or coralline algae.
  • A cliffed coast, also called an abrasion coast, is a form of coast where the action of marine waves has formed steep cliffs that may or may not be precipitous. It contrasts with a flat or alluvial coast. The slope is constantly being eroded. The waves attacking the cliff-foot form a wave-cut notch by constant abrasion action producing an overhang.
  • Cuspate forelands, also known as cuspate barriers or nesses in Britain, are geographical features found on coastlines and lakeshores that are created primarily by longshore drift. Formed by accretion and progradation of sand and shingle, they extend outwards from the shoreline in a triangular shape.
  • A discordant coastline occurs where bands of different rock type run perpendicular to the coast. The differing resistance to erosion leads to the formation of headlands and bays. A hard rock type such as granite is resistant to erosion and creates a promontory whilst a softer rock type such as the clays of Bagshot Beds is easily eroded creating a bay.The beautiful Candolin Beach, California
  • The fetch, also called the fetch length, is the length of water over which a given wind has blown. Fetch is used in geography and meteorology and its effects are usually associated with sea state and when it reaches shore it is the main factor that creates storm surge which leads to coastal erosion and flooding.
  • Longshore drift is a geographical process that consists of the transportation of sediments (clay, silt, sand and shingle) along a coast at an angle to the shoreline, which is dependent on prevailing wind direction, swash and backwash. This process occurs in the littoral zone, and in or close to the surf zone. The process is also known as littoral drift.
  • A rip current is one specific kind of water current that can be found near beaches. It is a strong, localized, and rather narrow current of water. It is strongest near the surface of the water, and it moves directly away from the shore. Rip currents can be hazardous to people who are in the water.
  • A sea cave, also known as a littoral cave, is a type of cave formed primarily by the wave action of the sea. The primary process involved is erosion. Sea caves are found throughout the world, actively forming along present coastlines and as relict sea caves on former coastlines. Some of the largest wave-cut caves are found in Norway.
  • Shoal is a natural submerged ridge, bank, or bar that consists of, or is covered by, sand or other unconsolidated material, and rises from the bed of a body of water to near the surface. Often it refers to those submerged ridges, banks, or bars that constitute a danger to navigation. 

Feed Your Passion for Beaches!

Remember – as a great saying goes, we are not just made to pay bills and die. Life is so much more than that, and we are best when we recover and rest. So, take it easy, blow off some steam. Play a game at, take our beautiful scentic tour, spend time with your friends and family; after all, when all things are said and done, that is the only thing that truly matters.