Coastal Erosion-NATURAL HAZARDS IN THE PACIFIC

Erosion is the process where soft shorelines (sand, gravel
or cobble) disappear and land is lost. Erosion generally
comes in two forms; 1) A natural part of the coastal environment
where a soft shore moves and changes in response to
cyclic climatic conditions, and 2) Erosion can be induced by
human interference of natural sand movement and budget
patterns. Erosion can be slow and ongoing over many
years or fast and dramatic following large storm events.
Many erosion problems in the Pacific today, occur because
of poor planning, inappropriate shoreline development, over
crowding, beach mining for building material and due to reef
degradation.
 

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