Story: Coastal erosion

Reflective beach (1st of 2)

Reflective beach

The beach at Torrent Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park is narrow and drops away sharply just offshore. Steep shorelines like this have been built up with sand deposits over a long time. This process produces a reflective beach – the waves are thrown back (reflected) to sea.

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How to cite this page:

Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Shifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6326/reflective-beach (accessed 30 March 2020)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006