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).
|Title of host publication||Treatise on geomorphology. Volume 4, Weathering and soils geomorphology|
|Editors||Gregory A. Pope|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|