It is a sunny day, although there is a little foggy on the cliff. With our feet on the sand, we feel the waves reach the beach.
Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, drainage or high winds (see also beach evolution). Waves, generated by storms, wind, or fast moving motor craft, cause coastal erosion, which may take the form of long-term losses of sediment and rocks, or merely the temporary redistribution of coastal sediments; erosion in one location may result in accretion nearby. The study of erosion and sediment redistribution is called ‘coastal morphodynamics’. It may be caused by hydraulic action, abrasion, impact and corrosion.