wave-cut platform


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wave-cut platform

[′wāv ¦kət ′plat‚fȯrm]
(geology)
A gently sloping surface which is produced by wave erosion and which extends into the sea for a considerable distance from the base of the wave-cut cliff. Also known as cut platform; erosion platform; strand flat; wave-cut plain; wave-cut terrace; wave platform.
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The effects of a widening wave-cut platform may also contribute to a reduction of erosion at this site.
The reason(s) for the apparent slowing of erosion is unknown--it may also be the result of a widening wave-cut platform, has as been suggested for other shoreline sections where erosion appeared to have declined over the last decade.
The reason(s) for this change is uncertain--it may be that a progressively widening wave-cut platform is dissipating wave energy along section A; whereas a dense woodland root mat may be retarding wave erosion along the shoreline bordering section D.