barrier beach

noun
a sand ridge that rises slightly above the surface of the sea and runs roughly parallel to the shore, from which it is separated by a lagoon.
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Special emphasis is placed on the protection of the fragile barrier beach
  environment.
The shifting sands of the barrier beach are constantly exposed to ocean waves,
  currents, and tides.
Defines the boundaries of the four barrier beach plains that comprise the
  littoral cell.
The removal of the cottages will clean up a vandalized and unsafe area and
  restore the barrier beach.
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