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Study examines effects of rainfall, waves on cliff erosion
2/22/2021

Scientists say their study of coastal cliff erosion in California, published in Geomorphology, gives them more insight into the amount of erosion caused separately by rainfall and ocean waves. Researchers, who mapped a 2.5-kilometer area using a truck-mounted lidar system, wave pressure sensors and rainfall data, say erosion at the lower part of the cliffs is mostly caused by waves, while erosion in the upper portions is linked to rain.

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