EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL PROCESSES
Coastal processes refers to the action of natural forces (e.g., erosion, deposition, tectonic uplift) on the shoreline, and the nearshore seabed. Some examples of landforms resulting from these processes are
wave-cut cliffs, beaches, and wave-cut benches.
Adapted from the Glossary of Coastal Terminology, NOAA Coastal Services Center and Washington State Department of Ecology, http://www.csc.noaa.gov/text/glossary.html#glossary and from Thurman, Harold V., Essentials of Oceanography, 5th Ed. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1996.