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What is a coastal or sea erosion?
Sea Erosion
Every land mass on Earth has miles of coast at the interface between the hydrosphere and the lithosphere. Natural forces such as wind, waves and currents are constantly shaping the coastal regions. The combined energy of these forces moves land materials. The landward displacement of the shoreline caused by the forces of waves and currents is termed as coastal erosion. It is the loss of sub-aerial landmass into a sea or lake due to natural processes such as waves, winds and tides, or even due to human interference. While the effects of waves, currents, tides and wind are primary natural factors that influence the coast the other aspects eroding the coastline include: the sand sources and sinks, changes in relative sea level, geomorphological characteristics of the shore and sand, etc. other anthropological effects that trigger beach erosion are: construction of artificial structures, mining of beach sand, offshore dredging, or building of dams or rivers. Weblinks
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