Peralta Colleges, Physical Geography
Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR COASTAL LANDFORMS
To help you answer the following questions,
review the textbook, Elemental Geosystems, Christopherson, Chapter 13, Pages 429-459,
and then review the Study Guide and the Web resources in the Web Learning Module Coastal Landforms.
WAVES AND BEACHES
- What is the dominant agent that shapes and modifies coastlines?
- Identify the crest, trough, wave height, wavelength, and wave period in waves.
- What are the three factors that determine wave height, length, and
- How do water particles move in the open ocean?
- What happens to wave height and length as a wave approaches a shallow
- What is beach drift and a longshore current? What causes this movement parallel to the shore?
- What coastal features are built by longshore transport along a coastline?
- How do groins and breakwaters affect the longshore current?
- When do waves do most of their work?
- How do waves erode?
- What is the flat, benchlike surface that is cut into a cliff by wave erosion?
- What is wave refraction?
- How does wave refraction affect a coastline of headlands and bays?
- What three coastal features develop as headlands are cut by waves on all three sides?
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