These are KEYWORDS which you should use wherever possible

biodiversity The variety of species in an ecosystem.
ecosystem An organic community of plants and animals interacting with their environment.
erosion The wearing down of the land by water, ice, wind and gravity.
hard engineering The use of concrete and large artificial structures by civil engineers to defend land against natural erosion processes.
impermeable Rocks that do not allow water to pass through them.
longshore drift The movement of loose materials along a coastline by wave action because they break at an oblique angle to the shore.
mass-movement The movement of weathered rock downslope without the direct action of running water.
sea level change The rise or fall in the average level of the sea over long periods of time. This acts as a base level for natural erosion.
sub-aerial processes The general re-shaping of the land by normal atmospheric processes, for example wind and rain. It includes weathering, mass movement, erosion and deposition.
wave-cut platform A rocky, level area at or around sea level representing the base of old and now retreated cliffs.
weathering The chemical alteration and physical breakdown of rock in situ.


Just popped this here until I know where I want it to go!

Sidmouth seafront west in England

Another useful animation to use later:


Key questions
1. What are the processes by which water helps to shape the coastal landscape?
2. How are the main coastal features formed?
3. What are the different kinds of coastal ecosystems? What factors affect their distribution?
4. What is human intervention is affecting coastal ecosystems?[Case study of a mangrove or coral reef and its management]
5. What do the different interest groups want from our coastline? [ Case study of a stretch of coastline under pressure]
6. What are the ways of dealing with changing coastlines? [ Case study of a stretch of retreating coastline]
7. What can we measure to find out about coastlines and how do we do it?
8. Fieldwork activity