formation of a wave-cut platform

The formation of a wave cut platform

The wave-cut platform is formed through the following steps

  • A steeply sloping coast is subjected to sea waves
  • Due to wave attacks a notch is formed.
  • When the upper side of the notch collapses a cliff develops
  • Continued undercutting of the cliff makes the cliff to collapse and to retreat inland
  • As cliff retreats it leaves behind a rocky floor which slopes gently towards the see (wave-cut platform)