Sea cliffs create some of the most attractive and spectacular coastal landscapes in the World. Their distinctive nature is defined by the extent to which the material forming it is consolidated (‘hard’ rock cliffs), developing in resistant bedrock and unconsolidated (‘soft’ rock cliffs), developing in easily-eroded materials. The former are stable though they may be steep and inaccessible, the latter unstable and highly erodable. These attributes help maintain freedom from intensive human use, which is an important element in the survival of sometimes considerable nature conservation interest. The rock types ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ lie at the two ends of a spectrum which support very different nature conservation interests.
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- Sea Cliffs & Sea Cliff Vegetation
J. Pat Doody
- Springer Netherlands