Contributing Factors of Longshore Transport: Beach Drift & Longshore Current


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Which of the following best describes longshore transport?

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1. Which of the following terms is described as the ocean current that travels parallel to shore?

2. Charlie has been studying the movement of sand and sediment. To test his current theory, Charlie marks a plot of sand with colored dye. He then returns weeks later to see if the sand is still there. Charlie notices that the sand with the dye in it has been moved along the shoreline over time. What is this process called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of beach drift and longshore current in this quiz and worksheet combo. The practice questions focus on vocabulary terms such as longshore transport and swash zone.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you will be tested over your ability to understand and define:

  • Ocean current that travels parallel to the shore
  • Sediment that moves along the beach
  • Backwash

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about waves in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as backwash and swash zone
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as parallel and perpendicular wave movement
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding movement of waves and sediment

Additional Learning

For a more thorough understanding of waves and sediment deposits, review the lesson on beach drift and longshore current. This lesson covers:

  • Littoral current
  • The strength of currents
  • How these waves and currents move