Coastal weathering

Derek Mottershead

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    Coastal weathering operates on rocky coasts. Marine salts ejected from ocean and coastal waves to the atmosphere are transferred to the coastal zone where they impregnate surface geomaterials. Coastal rocks are subject to many weathering processes, some of which are enhanced in this environment, particularly those dependent on salt, water, and direct exposure to atmospheric temperature changes. Weathering contributes to the development of shore platforms, tafoni and honeycombed rock. It is carried out by a combination of individual mechanisms that may be difficult to identify, and leads to very high rates of rock erosion around high tide level (HTL).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology. Volume 4, Weathering and Soils Geomorphology
    EditorsGregory A. Pope
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    ISBN (Print)9780080885223
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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