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Longshore current

Longshore current

Sand is transported alongshore by currents formed when waves strike the beach at an angle. Sand is also carried along the shore in a zigzag pattern by waves rushing onto the beach and back to the ocean.





Coastal Change
Maintained by J.M. Watsonhttp://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1075/longshore.htmlLast updated 9.11.97