erosion cycle

erosion cycle

[ə′rō·zhən ‚sī·kəl]
(geology)
A postulated sequence of conditions through which a new landmass proceeds as it wears down, classically the concept of youth, maturity, and old age, as stated by W.M. Davis; an original landmass is uplifted above base level, cut by canyons, gradually converted into steep hills and wide valleys, and is finally reduced to a flat lowland at or near base level.
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The reopening closes the chapter on the beach erosion cycle that temporarily shut down the signature hole that's brought critical acclaim to the Charleston golf resort for three decades.
The completion of the project marks an end to the 20-month erosion cycle, which had affected the two-mile strand along Wild Dunes Resort.