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Give reasons as to why a systems approach may be used to study the costal zone

Explain and predict variation
As a model to aid understanding
Enables mitigation of the variation


Give the four sources of energy in the costal system



What is wind? What three things to do they cause?

Wind is movement of air from high pressure to low pressure
Acts as an agent of erosion (abrasion) and an agent of transport, cause waves by applying energy over the water


How are waves formed? Describe how they break as well

Wind causes friction on the surface of the water, leads to a circular motion, when they approach the shoreline the waves face frictional forces from the sea bed, causes the orbit to differ until the wave crest collapses


Differenatiate between swash and backwash

Swash is water flowing up the beach
Backwash is the force of gravity pulling water backdown the beach


Describe a constructive wave

Low frequency
Long wavelength
Low height
Swash dominates so more deposition occurs than erosion, giving a gentle beach gradient


Describe a destructive wave

High frequency
Short wavelength
Impeded swash due to previous backwash
More erosion than deposition giving a steep beach


Give an example of negative feedback in the costal system

Constructive waves build up the beach, which becomes steeper, which favours destructive waves leading to greater erosion.


Describe tides,
What is the tidal range?
When does a spring tide occur?

Rises and falls in the level of the ocean due to the gravitational force of predominantly the moon but also the sun. A compensatory buldge occurs on the opposite side of planet, in between is low tide
Tidal range is between low and high tide
Spring tide occurs when sun and moon are in allignment


Briefly describe three types of currents

Currents are permanent flows of water in a paticular direction
1) longshore current - approach at angle but move away perpendicular
2) rip currents - localised underwater currents, plunging waves cause temporary water build ups, backwash is impeded so is pushed underwater
3) upwelling - cold water moves upwards as it is less dense


Describe a high energy coastline

Large powerful waves
Strong winds,long fetches
Rocky landforms
Often facing the prevailing wind


Describe low energy coastlines

Gently breaking waves
Lower wind speeds
Short fetches
Gentle profile
Depositional landforms


Give sources of sediment in the costal system

Sea level rise
Eroded sediment
Waves tides and current carrying sediment


What is the sediment budget?

The balance between inputs and outputs, inputs>outputs is positive and vice versa


Describe sediement cells
How many in UK?

Theoretical closed systems
Processes within them have no effect on other sediment cells
Management often occurs on a sediment cell basis
11 in the UK e.g. Holderness coast