What is emergent coast?

The emergent coast is a coastline that has risen or is still rising, relative to sea-level. Emergence can be due to vertical uplift of the land – for example, as a result of isostatic recovery following the melting of large ice sheets, or an actual fall in sea level, e.g. at the onset of a glacial advance (eustatic). Typical features of an emergent coast are abandoned cliff-lines, raised beaches, and extensive coastal plains representing the former sea-floor.

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