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The coastal environment can be defined as that area lying at the interface between land and sea (or other large body of water). It includes both the zone of shallow water within which waves are able to move sediment, and the area landward of this zone, including beaches, cliffs, and coastal dunes, which is affected to some degree by the direct or indirect effects of waves, tides, and currents. While the terms shoreline and beach refer to the area of frequent, or at least occasional, wave action along the edge of the sea or a lake, the coastal environment itself may extend inland for many miles (kilometers).

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Coastal physical geography deals with the nature, evolution and change of the coastal environment and it includes the study of physical and biological systems that make up the coast, across the full range of coastal systems including estuaries, deltas, beaches and surf zones, barriers and coastal dunes, rocky coast, coral reefs and the inner continental shelf.

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