Desmond T. Donovan, A. H. Stride; Erosion of a rock floor by tidal sand streams. Geological Magazine ; 98 (5): 393–398. doi:
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Tidal streams carrying sand can erode a rock floor. Closed basins along the strike of soft rocks such as the Kimeridge clay (Jurassic) in the English Channel and Mesozoic strata in the Bristol Channel are thought to be the result of such a process.
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