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Plate Tectonics and Coastal Development
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activity adjacent backbeach barrier islands basin beach benthic breakwater cause changes channel cliffs coastal areas coastal bays coastal environments commonly construction continental continental shelf delta plain deposits Diagram distributary dominated dredging dunes earth edge coasts eroded erosion estuary example factor FIGURE flood Florida geologic global Gulf of Mexico hurricanes ice sheets important influence intertidal kilometers landward lithosphere longshore currents major margin marginal seas marsh ment meters Mississippi Delta move neap nearshore North occur ocean Pacific particles Photo plate tectonics problems processes produce progradation relative result ridge rip currents river deltas rocky coasts sand sea level sea stacks seawalls seaward sedi sediment sediment accumulation shallow shoreline showing sloping South stability storm surge surface tend tidal currents tidal cycle tidal delta tidal flats tidal inlet tidal prism tidal range tion transport typically washover fan water level wave climate wave energy wave-dominated wind