Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

Living Edition
| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski


  • H. Edward CliftonEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_290-2

Introduction and Origins of the Term

The shoreface, a relatively steep surface that slopes away from the low-tide shoreline and imperceptibly merges with the flatter inner shelf or basin plain ramp, is an integral feature of nearly all clastic coasts (Fig. 1). The term has been applied in a facies context in many geological interpretations of ancient coastal deposits in the rock record. This usage commonly invokes additional attributes that are unrelated to the morphologic feature and commonly unfounded.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.US Geological SurveyMenlo ParkUSA