marine abrasion

marine abrasion

[mə′rēn ə′brā·zhən]
(geology)
Erosion of the ocean floor by sediment moved by ocean waves. Also known as wave erosion.
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Unique in the world and often featured in geography textbooks, dozens of such steppes carved on limestone were created by the combined effects of marine abrasion and tectonic upheaval over millions of years.