Sediment dynamics below retreating cliffs

  title={Sediment dynamics below retreating cliffs},
  author={Dylan Ward and Matt Berlin and R. Stewart Anderson},
The retreat of cliffs may constitute the dominant erosional response to base-level fall in arid settings underlain by horizontally-bedded sedimentary rock. These vertical cliffs typically loom above a relatively straight bedrock slope (‘plinth’) that is mantled with a thin layer of sediment and perched near the angle of repose. In detail, a plinth consists of a system of quasi-parallel ridges and channels. We ask how the sediment supplied from a retreating cliff influences the erosion of the… CONTINUE READING


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