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Everything you need to know about Cliffs, Wave-cut Notches and Wave-cut Platforms on Coasts!
As with all coastline landforms, the rock material that make these up is worn down over time by erosion and weathering. The huge variation in shapes you may see along the coastline is due to the difference in rock types along the shore. Soft rock and hard rock erode at different speeds. Soft rock erodes quickly and leaves gentle sloping landscapes, and hard rock erodes much more slowly and creates very steep landscapes. When these alternate along the coastline in different layers, landforms and coastline features are often displayed.
Three of these features are cliffs, wave-cut notches and wave-cut platforms. These are, in fact, each part of a cycle of coastline erosion.
This is a recurring cycle, meaning the headland continues to move further and further back into the mainland. This can be defended against, by using soft and hard engineering options to protect against erosion on a coastline. You can find information on these in our music videos on the GCSE Geography section of our website.
Make sure to check out our music video on Cliffs, Wave-Cut Notches and Platforms, try to remember all the lyrics, and then have a go at our test!
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