wave-cut platform

wave-cut platform
   A gently sloping surface produced by wave erosion, extending into the sea or lake from the base of the wave-cut cliff. This feature represents both the wave-cut bench and the abrasion platform.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • wave-built terrace —    A gently sloping coastal feature at the seaward or lakeward edge of a wave cut platform, constructed by sediment brought by rivers or drifted along the shore or across the platform and deposited in the deeper water beyond.    Compare:… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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