Test your knowledge of weathering and erosion of cliffs for A level with this 14-question quiz.
If you haven't already done it, work through the coasts weathering and erosion web enquiry on the PowerPoint. Or do it again to help fill in any gaps in what you know!
Steady state equilibrium
The decomposition of rock
The disintegration of rock
The destabilisation of rock
The downwearing of rock
For the time being
In the original position
From the start / from the beginning
From the depths / from the deepest part
Wetting and drying
Water content of the slope
Sources of sediment
Wider beaches in front of cliffs
Slower cliff retreat
Increased erosion at the cliff foot
Downward and seaward
Upward and landward
Downward and landward
Upward and seaward
Increased hydraulic action from higher wave energies
Higher sea level due to cliff dip
Damage to rock inside the cliff
Increased abrasion due to increased rock falls
Because these rocky surfaces are always found at the shore.
Because they are not only formed by wave erosion, but by weathering and also by bio-erosion.
Because wave erosion actually has nothing to do with their formation: they are the result of rock strata orientation.
Because sea level change is likely to increase their gradient.