Coastal Processes 2

The top of the pedestal shows previous higher sea level, Xiao-Lio-Ciao, Taiwan
The top of the pedestal shows previous higher sea level, Xiao-Lio-Ciao, Taiwan
Image Credit: C. H. Jen, 2003

At the coast there are several features that are affected when there is a change in temperature. Generally an increase in the temperature leads to sea flooding due to rising sea level. This can also increase  the energy of the wave action and result formation of wave cut platforms, eroded pedestals, and cliffs at the edge of the sea.  This can affect the livelihoods of the people living at the coastal areas, leading immigration of inhabitats.

 

The coral in the sea can be as a result of uplifting of the surface as well as lowering of the sea level.  The top of the mushroom pedestal indicates previous higher sea level at the coast.

   Stop and Think!

If the temperature continues to rise over a period of 10,000 years, what will be the position of the water in relation to the feature in the right side picture?