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common coastal features click to hear : common coastal features

Area where the land meets the sea; its features vary depending on climate, wind, sea and the type of rocks of which it is composed.
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natural arch cave stack sand island rocky islet tombolo spit skerry headland cliff dune river estuary lagoon beach

natural arch click to hear : natural arch

Arch hollowed out of a headland by the sea.

cave click to hear : cave

Natural underground cavity that results from the slow dissolution and erosion of rock by water.

stack click to hear : stack

Needle-shaped column resulting from the collapse of an arch.

sand island click to hear : sand island

Exposed summit of a sand deposit formed near or occasionally far from a shoreline.

rocky islet click to hear : rocky islet

Small island made of rock.

tombolo click to hear : tombolo

Ridge of sand joining an island to the shoreline.

spit click to hear : spit

Elongated ridge of sand or pebbles extending into the water.

skerry click to hear : skerry

Rock tip just above the surface of the water.

headland click to hear : headland

Tapering strip of land jutting into the sea.

cliff click to hear : cliff

Steep rock face shaped by a sea.

dune click to hear : dune

Accumulation of sand shaped by the wind.

river estuary click to hear : river estuary

Mouth of a river that is influenced by the tides; it forms an indentation in the coastline that varies in width and depth.

lagoon click to hear : lagoon

Shallow expanse of seawater separated from the sea by a ridge of sand or a barrier island.

beach click to hear : beach

Accumulation of sand or pebbles along a coast.