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Some Interesting Beach Related Terms

03 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Interesting Beach Related Terms
Some Interesting Beach Related Terms

Wrightswille Beach Scentic Tours has acquired quite a reputation in making our clients enjoy the beautiful beaches our locale has to offer; we are also very dedicated in keeping our clientele well informed of these beauties Mother Nature gave us to enjoy. We hope to keep you informed of some of the most important beach-related terms.

Beach Trivia

Wave-dominated. Wave-dominated beaches are those that are exposed to persistent ocean swell, waves and low tides (less than 2m). 

Tide-dominated. Tide-dominated beaches form in areas of high tide range and usually lower waves. They occur when the tide range is between 10 and 15 times the wave height and the wave height is very low.

Beach nourishment— also referred to as beach renourishment, beach replenishment or sand replenishment —describes a process by which sediment (usually sand) lost through longshore drift or erosion is replaced from sources outside of the eroding beach.

Beach drainage is a ‘soft’ shore protection method. A drainage system is installed under the beach face and parallel to the coastline to enhance beach accretion by artificially lowering the groundwater table.

Coastal erosion. The sea shapes the coastal landscape. Coastal erosion is the wearing away and breaking up of rock along the coast. Destructive waves can erode the coastline in a number of ways, destroying the beach further.

Pocket beach is usually a small beach, between two headlands. In an idealized setting, there is very little or no exchange of sediment between the pocket beach and the adjacent shorelines. Pocket beaches can be natural or artificial.

Raised beach is a coastal flat formed as a beach but now standing above sea level. Beaches form between the high and low water marks as sediment accumulates and is planed by waves. All beaches have a gradient towards the sea and this varies with the size of the sediment, with gravel beaches being the steepest.

Beach ridge is a elevated ridge along the beach that consists of sand or other beach material. It is generally straight and parallel with the shoreline. Wave action can form a ridge near the upper reach of wave movement. Waves deposit sand and other material at this height. When the water level drops, a ridge often remains. More than one ridge may be formed, taking place at different times. Tides and wave height determine the height of beach ridge formation.

The Amazing World of Beaches

We hope that this article was a good starting point for your interest in beach tourism. Remember – beaches aren’t just there for swimming and sunbathing; they are stunning manifestations of nature’s power, rock formation, erosion and corrosion. Sun, wind, water and soil alike play their part in making them; it is no wonder they attract so much attention from the geologists. Geology is a rare hobby; while people may find a coin collector or a passionate visitor to, hobby geologists are a rare find indeed. However, as more people get interested in rock formation, so does their interest in these treasures of earth – and we hope you get interested as well.