The process of cliff erosion

  • The sea attacks the base of the cliff forming a wave-cut notch.
  • The notch increases in size.
  • Weather weakens the cliff which causes it to collapse.
  • The backwash carries the rubble towards the sea forming a wave-cut platform. A wave-cut platform is the bedrock that is left behind as the cliff moves backwards.
  • The process repeats and the cliff continues to retreat.
Cliff formationThe process of cliff erosion