Definitions for "Longshore drift"
The movement of beach material along a beach in the same direction as the prevailing wind. This process leads to the creation of depositional landforms such as spits and tombolos. transportation deposition swash backwash Back to Resources Associated words
Movement of (beach) sediments approximately parallel to the coastline.
The movement of sediment along a coastline caused by waves striking the coast at an oblique angle. The waves wash sediment particles up the beach at an oblique angle and the swash back to the sea carries the particles down the gradient of the beach. This produces a zig-zag path of particle movement along the beach.