Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches


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Identify the answer choice that correctly describes the difference between a headland and a spit.

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1. What is a recessed body of water along a shoreline called?

2. What is a shallow body of water separated from the ocean by a barrier island or sandbar known as?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will teach you more about the features of shorelines and beaches, such as bays and spits. You will be quizzed on things such as the characteristics and descriptions of specific features.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • How to describe a headland
  • What a recessed body of water along a shoreline is called
  • The name of a sandbar that runs parallel to a coast but is separated by water
  • How to describe longshore drift
  • The definition of a lagoon

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how features of shorelines and beaches form
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as headlands and lagoons
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the specific features of shorelines and beaches

Additional Learning

To learn more about coastal formations, review the corresponding lesson called Characteristics of Shorelines & Beaches. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what a shoreline is
  • Examine the features of headlands and bays
  • Offer explanations for what beaches are and how they form
  • Discuss what longshore drift is and what sandbars are