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A coastal image featured on a .
A coastal image featured on a United States postal stamp.

For the acronym COAST see COAST. This 1974 stamp from Japan depicts a Class 8620 steam locomotive. ... COAST, an acronym for Cache On A STick, is a packaging standard for modules containing SRAM used as an L2 cache in a computer. ...


A coast is that part of an island or continent that borders an ocean, gulf, sea, or large lake. In geology and geography, the coast extends inland from the shoreline. The terms coast and coastal refer to the condition of being located on or near a coast. For example, Los Angeles is a coastal city; California, Oregon, and Washington are on the West Coast of the United States. Ocean (Okeanos, a Greek god of sea and water; Greek ωκεανός) covers almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth. ... A gulf or bay is a part of a lake or ocean that extends so that it is surrounded by land on three sides. ... Sunset at sea A sea is a large expanse of saline water connected with an ocean, or a large, usually saline, lake that lacks a natural outlet such as the Caspian Sea and the Dead Sea. ... Lake Clearwater, Ontario, Canada A lake is a large body of water, usually fresh water, surrounded by land. ... Geology (from Greek γη- (ge-, the earth) and λογος (logos, word, reason)) is the science and study of the Earth, its composition, structure, physical properties, history, and the processes that shape it. ... Physical map of the Earth (Medium) (Large 2 MB) Geography is the scientific study of the locational and spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena on Earth. ... This article is about the geological formation. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski Official languages None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ...


Most of the world's population lives near to a coast, partly to take advantage of marine resources such as fish, but more importantly to participate in seaborne trade with other nations. Major cities grow up around good harbours and ports are built to take advantage of this. Countries that are landlocked and have no coast are often at a disadvantage with overseas trade being more difficult. A harbor (or harbour) or haven is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ... A landlocked country is one that has no coastline. ...


Coasts are also an important draw for tourists, especially those with beaches and warm water. In many island nations such as those of the South Pacific and Caribbean, tourism by those who come to enjoy the coast is central to the economy. Coasts are popular destinations because of recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, boating, and sun bathing. Many also enjoy the salt air by the sea coast, which some consider to have health benefits. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Beach A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, or cobble along the shoreline of a body of water. ... An island nation is a country that is wholly confined to an island or islands. ... Swimming is the method by which humans (or other animals) move themselves through water. ... Fishing from a Pier Fishing is both the recreation and sport of catching fish (for food or as a trophy), and the commercial fishing industry of catching or harvesting seafood (either fish or other aquatic life-forms, such as shellfish). ... See World Wide Web for surfing the web; see also Wind surfing Surfing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. ... Boating is the activity of travelling by boat. ... Sunlight is also the trade name of the worlds first packaged, branded laundry soap producted by Lever Brothers. ...


The coast, especially for isolated nations such as the United Kingdom or the United States is often a crucial defensive frontier, both for warding off armies but also smugglers and illegal migrants. Coastal defenses have thus long been erected in many nations. Most coastal countries also have some form of coast guard. Coastal defenses are objects and engineering techniques used to defend coasts against erosion and flooding. ... A coast guard is an organization devoted to saving the lives of shipwrecked mariners or people in danger at sea. ...


The term coast can be used for large lakes, but lake shore is more common. For a river the equivalent of a coast is a river bank.

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Types of coast

In earth science an emergent coastline is a coastline which has experienced a fall in sea level, either due to a global sea level change, or due to local uplift. ... In earth science a submergent coastline is a coastline which has experienced a rise in sea level, either due to a global sea level change, or local subsidence. ... A concordant coastline is a coastline where bands of different rock types run parallel to the shore. ... A discordant coastline is a type of coastline formed when rock types of alternating resistance run perpendicular to the shore. ...

See also

Coastal landforms & features

Coastal and oceanic landforms.
Coastal and oceanic landforms.

A landform comprises a geomorphological unit. ... Simple arch bridge Close-up of a semi-circular arch in Barcelona, Spain. ... An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... In geography, a bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ... In geography, a bar is a linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water. ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A Headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... Beach A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, or cobble along the shoreline of a body of water. ... A boondock is a slight rise in elevation found in vegetated sandy landscapes such as Colorados San Luis Valley. ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A Headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... A Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (better known by the recursive acronym CAVE) is an immersive virtual reality environment where projectors are directed to four, five or six of the walls of a room-sized cube. ... geography, a cliff is a significant vertical, or near vertical, rock exposure. ... Lulworth Cove, Dorset England This article is about the coastal feature, for details of the megalithic monument see Cove (standing stones) A cove is a coastal landform. ... Nile River delta, as seen from Earth orbit. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits and services. ... Lysefjorden in Norway A fjord (pronounced FEE-ord or fyord, SAMPA: [fi:3:d] or [faI3:d]; sometimes written fiord) is a glacially overdeepened valley, usually narrow and steep-sided, extending below sea level and filled with salt water. ... A gulf or bay is a part of a lake or ocean that extends so that it is surrounded by land on three sides. ... The bay at San Sebastián, Spain A Headland is an area of land adjacent to water on three sides. ... A small island in the Adriatic sea An island is any piece of land smaller than a continent and larger than a rock, that is completely surrounded by water. ... An island arc is a type of archipelago formed by plate tectonics as one oceanic tectonic plate subducts under another and produces magma. ... See lagoon (disambiguation) for other possible meanings. ... Mudflats are relatively flat, muddy regions found in intertidal areas. ... A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body that is surrounded by water on three sides. ... A Raised beach is an emergent coastal landform. ... A ria is a submergent coastal landform, often known as a drowned valley or drowned river valley. ... This article is about marsh, a type of wetland. ... Sunset at sea A sea is a large expanse of saline water connected with an ocean, or a large, usually saline, lake that lacks a natural outlet such as the Caspian Sea and the Dead Sea. ... In geography, a spit is a deposition landform found off coasts. ... Stack, near Old Harry Rocks Old Harry Rocks A stack is a geological landform. ... A stump is the remains of an object that has been cut or broken, for example, when a tree has been felled. ... Tombolo at Stockton Island, Ashland County, WI A tombolo in Puget Sound A tombolo is a deposition landform such as a spit or bar which forms an isthmus between an island or offshore rock and a mainland shore, or between two islands or offshore rocks. ... Categories: Stub | Landforms ... Lewis Fry Richardson (October 11, 1881 - September 30, 1953) was a mathematician, physicist and psychologist. ...

Processes

Attrition has dual meanings depending on the context of its usage. ... A current is a movement or flow of fluids, especially water in a river or ocean. ... Denudation is the geological process which involves the erosion and weathering of landscapes, resulting in the physical lowering of the landscape, by such processes as wind, rain, the sun, etc. ... Deposition, also known as sedimentation, is the geological process whereby material is added to a landform. ... Severe soil erosion in a wheat field near Washington State University, USA. Erosion is the displacement of solids (soil, mud, rock, and so forth) by the agents of wind, water, ice, or movement in response to gravity. ... A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... In geography, longshore drift (LSD) refers to a process by which sediments move along a beach shoreline. ... Saltation is usually used as a biology term to describe a sudden change in the appearance of a species. ... Schematic of sea level (black) and rate of change (blue) over the last 25 kyr There are multiple complex factors may influence sea level change. ... Sediment is any particulate matter that can be transported by fluid flow and which eventually is deposited as a layer of solid particles on the bed or bottom of a body of water or other liquid. ... This article or section should be merged with solvent, soluble, and solubility equilibrium Dissolving table salt in water In chemistry, a solution is one or more substance (the solute) dissolved in another substance (the solvent) forming a homogenous mixture. ... Flour suspended in water In chemistry, a suspension is a dispersion (mixture) in which a finely-divided species is combined with another species, with the former being so finely divided and mixed that it doesnt rapidly settle out. ... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... This article is about waves in the most general sense; a separate article focuses on ocean waves. ... Weathering is the process of decomposition and/or disintegration of rocks in situ, that is, in place. ...

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A reef surrounding an islet. ... Earth science (also known as geoscience or the geosciences), is an all-embracing term for the sciences related to the planet Earth. ... Physical map of the Earth (Medium) (Large 2 MB) Geography is the scientific study of the locational and spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena on Earth. ... Geology (from Greek γη- (ge-, the earth) and λογος (logos, word, reason)) is the science and study of the Earth, its composition, structure, physical properties, history, and the processes that shape it. ... Geomorphology is the study of present-day landforms, including their classification, description, nature, origin, development, and relationships to underlying structures, as well as the history of geologic changes as recorded by these surface features. ... How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension is a paper by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, first published in Science in 1967. ... Marine biology is the study of animal and plant life within saltwater ecosystems. ... Ocean (Okeanos, a Greek god of sea and water; Greek ωκεανός) covers almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth. ... Physical map of the Earth (Medium) (Large 2 MB) Geography is the scientific study of the locational and spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena on Earth. ... Coastal management is the process of managing a coast either with hard engineering or soft engineering. ...

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Coast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1040 words)
The coast is defined as the part of the land adjoining or near the ocean.
A coastline is properly, a line on a map indicating the disposition of a coast but the word is often used to refer to the coast itself.
emergent coastline - coast has risen or sea level has fallen from previous level.
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