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The rock coast of continental Europe in the Atlantic

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Lluís Gómez-Pujol
Lluís Gómez-Pujol
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SOCIB, Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System, ParcBit, Ctra Valldemossa km 7.4, 07121 Palma, Spain
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Augusto Pérez-Alberti
Augusto Pérez-Alberti
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Laboratorio de Tecnologia Ambiental. Instituto de Investigaciones Tecnológicas. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Bloque A. Campus Universitario Sur. 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Ramón Blanco-Chao
Ramón Blanco-Chao
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Departamento de Xeografia, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Praza da Universidade 1, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Stéphane Costa
Stéphane Costa
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LETG-Caen Géophen, Université de Caen Basse-Normadie, Esplanade de la Paix, 14000 Caen, France
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Mario Neves
Mario Neves
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Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Universidade de Lisboa, Edifício FLUL, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal
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Laura Del Río
Laura Del Río
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Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Cádiz, Av. República Saharaui s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
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Published:
January 01, 2014

Abstract

Rocky coasts occur along more than one-third (37%) of the Atlantic continental European coastline, approximately 3666 km, often forming vertical cliffs and characteristically gently sloping shore platforms. The continental European Atlantic rocky coasts show a great variability of rock types and structural contexts, as well as different wave climates and tidal ranges. Through a review of previously published data on cliff retreat rates and shore platform erosion measured on monthly, seasonal, annual and decadal timescales, this paper highlights the different processes and agents, their magnitude and frequency in shaping rocky coasts. In particular, the links between cliff retreat, shore platform evolution, present dynamics and inheritance (understood as whether platform and other rock coast features were shaped by a higher sea level than the present) comprise one of the major contributions from continental European Atlantic rocky coasts to a global understanding of rock coast coastal geomorphology.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

Rock Coast Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis

D.M. Kennedy
D.M. Kennedy
The University of Melbourne, Australia
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W. J. Stephenson
W. J. Stephenson
University of Otago, New Zealand
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L. A. Naylor
L. A. Naylor
University of Glasgow, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
40
ISBN electronic:
9781862397002
Publication date:
January 01, 2014

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