wave-cut platform

wave-cut platform
ˌwave-cut ˈplatform 7 [wave-cut platform] noun (technical)
an area of land between the ↑cliffs and the sea which is covered by water when the sea is at its highest level

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  • platform — platformless, adj. /plat fawrm/, n. 1. a horizontal surface or structure with a horizontal surface raised above the level of the surrounding area. 2. a raised flooring or other horizontal surface, such as, in a hall or meeting place, a stage for… …   Universalium

  • 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

  • submerged wave-built terrace —    A subaqueous, relict depositional landform originally constructed by river or longshore sediment deposits along the outer edge of a wave cut platform and later submerged by rising sea level or subsiding land surface.    Compare: wave built… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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