Shoreline Landforms (Terrestrial Analogs)

  • Riko Noormets
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This entry describes terrestrial analogues of potential palaeo-shoreline landforms on Titan and Mars.


Coasts are morphologically one of the most dynamic areas on the Earth’s surface. The action of waves and currents continuously changes the shape of the shoreline, which is defined as a boundary between the land and sea (Boak and Turner 2005). The highest energy of the coastal wave processes is focused at the shoreline. Changes in the coastal zone occur in all temporal and spatial scales, from instantaneous (e.g., failure of a coastal cliff by one high-energy wave) to geological (e.g., erosion of notches in shoreline cliffs by long-term stationary sea level). When studying palaeo-shorelines, considering their formation processes is as important as their preservation potential. Palaeo-shorelines may be subjected to a variety of erosional or depositional processes depending on their postformation geological setting above or below the sea level where they were originally...


Coral Reef Crater Lake Geological Time Scale Tidal Regime Coastal Cliff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)Longyearbyen, SvalbardNorway