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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Explain the similarities and differences between beach drifting and longshore drifting.

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The similarities and differences between beach drifting and longshore drifting.

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Even though there is refraction, most of the waves reach the shore at some angle, and the water from breaking wave reaches the shoreline and the backwash water is still straight down the slope. This transports the sediments in a zigzag pattern. This movement is known as beach drift.

This zigzag-like transportation of sediments is occurring in the swash zone because of the incomplete wave refraction...

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