- a. The process by which swash
and backwash move sediments along a beach face.
b. The sediments
so moved. Beach drift typically consists of sand, gravel, shell fragments, and
c. See also longshore drift.
- The movement of material along the shore by the action of the uprush and
backwash of waves breaking at an angle with the shore.
Syn: longshore drift
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