longshore drift

noun

Origin:
1950–55

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longshore drift
 
n
the process whereby beach material is gradually shifted laterally as a result of waves meeting the shore at an oblique angle

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Longshore drift is one of the principal processes in the overall sustainability of beach deposits.
If waves approach a north-south oriented shoreline from the northeast, longshore drift will be toward the south.
Be certain that the structure does not interfere with the longshore drift or you may change the shoreline of your neighbors.
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