What Is Literal Littoral Drift?

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Littoral drift occurs as incoming waves move toward the beach at an angle, transporting sediment particles to shore at the same angle (swash), while backwash pulls particles straight back into the water. The resulting zig-zag motion moves particles along a shoreline, eventually forming features such as barrier islands, tidal inlets, and spits. (Loved seeing Dauphin Island in the
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