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Down by the Seashore
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.64

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     challenging words:    carved-out, deposition, jetties, seawalls, seawaters, unstable, wave-cut, hawaii, estuary, sandbar, erosion, man-made, material, freshwater, shoreline, landform


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Down by the Seashore
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     The shoreline is the place where the land meets the sea. Shorelines are shaped by waves and tides. Some are rocky; some have smooth sandy beaches.
 
2     A wave breaking on a rocky shoreline is an awesome sight. A rocky headland is a point of land sticking out into the water. It receives most of the force of the eroding waves. These headlands have very interesting landforms.
 
3     The water may cut steep cliffs into the shore. Below these cliffs, a wave-cut platform is created. This is a flat area of rock, which has been eroded over time. Along these platforms, weaker rocks are removed by the waves. Stronger rocks are left behind, often in fascinating formations.
 
4     Sea stacks look like tall rounded chimneys sticking up out of the rock. Waves can form sea arches in the rock. They look like carved-out bridges. The seawaters can also cut caves into the rock at the surface of the water.

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