Davis, Richard A., Jr. Department of Geology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
- Leading-edge coasts
- Trailing-edge coasts
- Marginal sea coasts
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The characteristic features and morphology of the land in the coastal zone. They are subject to processes of erosion and deposition as produced by winds, waves, tides, and river discharge. The interactions of these processes and the coastal environments produce a wide variety of landforms. Processes directed seaward from the land are dominated by the transport of sediment by rivers, but also include gravity processes such as landslides, rockfalls, and slumping. The dominant processes on the seaward side are wind, waves, and wave-generated currents. Mixed among these locations are tidal currents which also carry large volumes of sediment.
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