Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Tombolo; Attached Island/Land-Tied Island

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2490

This landscape usually forms between an island and the nearby mainland. Waves weaken in the sheltered areas near the mainland, and such energy weakening allows sediments to be deposited in the quiet water. The sediments can be eroded by waves on the side facing the open sea. The removed sediments are further deposited in the nearby protected areas of water, forming sand bars and spits. When the sand spits grow, they eventually link the mainland and the island to form a tombolo. A typical example in China is Zhifu Island in Yantai, Shandong Province.

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