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Transportation – The movement of eroded material

The transportation of material along the coast is caused by longshore drift.

He transported the long shorts (longshore).

He transported (transportation) the long shorts (caused by longshore drift).

Longshore drift in Transportation in coastal landscapes geography

Although longshore drift is the main process of transportation, the material moves in four different ways.

Transportation diagram in coastal landscapes geography

Suspension: Fine, light material is carried by the sea water.

Solution: Minerals like chalk and limestone are dissolved into the sea water and are then carried along the coastline and away into the deep sea. You cannot even see them moving away.

Traction: Larger rocks are rolled along the sea bed.

Saltation: Small pebbles and stones are bounced along the sea bed or against cliff faces.

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