Cliff & storm beach

Cliff & storm beach

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cliff & storm beach. Cliff made of layers (strata) of limestone and soft shale seen above a storm beach. The thicker layers are limestone which is calcium carbonate (CaCO3) formed from the deposited shells of dead marine organisms. The strata forms as a result of breaks in the sedimentation. The soft shale layers are a result of pre-existing calcareous rock being eroded and deposited as sediment. A storm beach forms when lumps of rock, usually from an eroding cliff, are moved high up a beach due to the high waves of a storm. Photographed at Nash Point, Wales.

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Keywords: beach, cliff, coast, coastal erosion, coastlines, eroded, limestone, limestone cliff, nash point, sedimentary rock, shale, storm, storm beach, wales

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