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How to explain wave cut platforms (geography)

Explain Wave Cut Platforms (Geography)

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This is the cliff. The white layers of cream represent the high and low tides. The erosion happens in the pink slice, between these tide zones

This is the cliff. The white layers of cream represent the high and low tides. The erosion happens in the pink slice, between these tide zones

The sea starts to erode this area

The sea starts to erode this area

This erosion continues

This erosion continues

The erosion carries on and the rocks broken off the cliff start to hit against the cliff, eroding it more

The erosion carries on and the rocks broken off the cliff start to hit against the cliff, eroding it more

The erosion of the pink slice makes the white area above overhang

The erosion of the pink slice makes the white area above overhang

The top part of he cliff begins to overhang and fall

The top part of he cliff begins to overhang and fall

Because it has no support, it cracks and breaks into the sea

It is all very dramatic

It is all very dramatic

The bit that fell off now breaks apart and is thrown against the cliff and starts to erode the cliff more

The bit that fell off now breaks apart and is thrown against the cliff and starts to erode the cliff more

The erosion process begins again

The erosion process begins again

Once more, the top part overhangs, unsupported

Once more, the top part overhangs, unsupported

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It falls!!

It falls!!

...and breaks

...and breaks

And crumbles more

And crumbles more

And soon all of the cliff is eroded. (This is over thousands of years)

And soon all of the cliff is eroded. (This is over thousands of years)

All that is left.....a wave cut platform!! (Not for long....;) )

All that is left.....a wave cut platform!! (Not for long....;) )

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