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Cliff-top storm deposits (55-63m amsl) from Morgan Bay, South Africa

Smith, Alan, Green, Andy, Cooper, Andrew, Dixon, Shannon, Pretorius, Lauren, Wiles, Errol and Guastella, lisa (2014) Cliff-top storm deposits (55-63m amsl) from Morgan Bay, South Africa. Journal of Coastal Research, S.I. 7 . pp. 349-353. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Cliff-top storm deposits (CTSDs) occur south of Morgan Bay, South Africa at elevations varying from ±55- to 63m. These occur as a ±10m-wide horizontal fringe of shell breccia mixed into a very thin (>15cm) sandy soil on the cliff top platform. Visually it is evident that the shell breccia is of various ages. Comparisons with proven wave breccia from this area indicate the same source. We suggest that this breccia was deposited as fall-out fromwave and wind-borne plumes produced by wave bores striking the cliff base. These bores would likely have been produced by waves at least ~40m in height. Alternative interpretations, such as a perched marine deposit or tsunamiite are rejected in favour of CTSDs produced by multiple large wave events.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:29468
Deposited By: Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:13 May 2014 08:35
Last Modified:13 May 2014 08:35

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