- A beach ridge is a wave-swept/wave-deposited ridge running parallel to a shoreline.
- It is composed of sand.
- Littoral transport =The movement of sediment by wave action.
- Longshore transport = Movement of material parallel to the shoreline.
- Offshore transport = Movement perpendicular to the shore.
|Beach ridge, Lake Ontario, New York|
- A beach ridge may be capped by sand dunes.
- The height of a beach ridge is affected by wave size& energy.
- Isolated beach ridges may be found dry lakes in the western United States.Inland of the Great Lakes of North America.
- Some isolated beach ridges are found in parts of Scandinavia.
- Glacial melting relieved pressure on land masses and resulted in subsequent crustal lifting or post-glacial rebound.
- A rise in water level can submerge beach ridges.
- Beach ridges may become routes for roads and trails.
|Miocene beach ridges, San Diego County, California,|