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Coastal Processes Lesson

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Beaches Basics


A beach is a zone of loose particles that covers a shore. Larger particles are associated with more sloped beach.

Beach Anatomy

Classifying Beaches

Beaches are classified by:

Sources of Beach Sand

Beach sands are derived from the breakdown of rocks (or reefs, etc.) in the surrounding region. THEREFORE, whatever is nearby will create what is on the beach. OR, what is in the beach sand MUST also be in the rocks nearby!