Wave Erosion and Deposition Lesson Power Point

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Wave Erosion and Deposition Lesson Power Point

  1. 1. Unit 4, Lesson 2 12/4/2011
  2. 2. Getting StartedTake a look at how wave erosion has made an impact on just one coastline. Pay particular attention to the flags!
  3. 3. Waves are energy travelling through some sort of material.They are created from wind blowing over the water.
  4. 4. Parts of a wave
  5. 5. Measuring Waves
  6. 6. What do the pictures mean? Wave height: the vertical distance from the highest part of a wave to the lowestWavelength: the horizontal distance between one wave crest and the next crest
  7. 7. What influences the size of a wave? Strong winds for an extended (long) period of time -VS- Strong winds for a short period of time
  8. 8. BIG waves!BIG storm, but don’t worry…it all fizzles out by morning
  9. 9. How do waves reach the shore? Generally, they arrive at an angle  One part of the wave reaches shallow water sooner than the rest  The water “feels” the bottom, which slows down the wave
  10. 10. Wave Refraction Makes the wave “bend” Can change the energy of the wave:  Concentrate it  Disperse it
  11. 11. How do waves erode the shoreline? As the waves break over time, they steadily erode away a little bit of the shoreline
  12. 12. Formations caused by wave erosion
  13. 13. Wave-Cut Cliffs Waves that cut into the bottom part of a cliff, eroding away the soil and rocks there
  14. 14. Arch Right thereA cliff eroded from two sides, which produces an open
  15. 15. Sea Stack A piece of tall rock that remains after the material above the arch eventually erodes away
  16. 16. So… a sea stack is the “grown-up”of the arch.
  17. 17. Beaches= Deposition
  18. 18. Beaches can also be made of… Quartz Coral ShellsThat beach wasmost likely made Volcanicfrom a mixture of Rockcoral and shells
  19. 19. Difference between Winter and Summer During the summer, waves of lower energy bring sand up on to the beach and leave it there—makes soft sand Communities sometimes truck in loads of sand for the summer, as it is carried away by the waves because of its density During the winter, waves and storms of higher energy bring the sand back offshore— makes a steeper and rockier beach
  20. 20. Deposition FormationsSpit: Ridges of sand that extend away from the shore
  21. 21. Barrier Islands Land formed by sand (Miami Beach)
  22. 22. Issues with Urbanization on Barrier Islands A barrier island is the first line of defense against hurricanes—if there are houses/businesses instead, it will hit them first
  23. 23. GroinTraps sand on one side of structure, insteadof allowing sand to roll down the coastline
  24. 24. Issues with Constructing Groins The other side of the groin no longer has sand (it is collected by the wall) Often, another groin will be built to catch sand farther down
  25. 25. Structures built parallel to the shoreline  Breakwater  Seawall
  26. 26. Differences?Breakwater: built away from the shore in the water  A breakwater in a bay area can help keep boats safe from the energy of breaking waves
  27. 27. Sea Wall Built right along the shore
  28. 28. Please refer to the“Interactive Activity”

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