Information Page: Winter Waves
Beach Profile under winter conditions
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Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Statement: beach profile under winter conditions
Abstract: Animation of waves affecting a beach profile during winter. This animation is typical for example for California.
An equilibrium winter beach profile results from more intense wave forcing during the winter. High winter wave conditions move sand away from the beach, cutting a wave platform. Unusually large storms may move all sands into deep water and leave skinny beaches for the early summer season.
Summer waves move sand back onshore (see associated animation) both summer and winter beach profiles are expressions of the seasonal cycle of wave energy.
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