For a named coastline examine the effect of rock type and structure on coastal landforms.

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The chalk escarpment which bends from St Oswald's Bay eastwards to Old Harry increases in width to produce steep 60 metre cliffs. Erosion at the chalk headland of Ballard Point has produced stacks, wave cut platforms, notches, caves and arches. The more resistant Portland limestone has also produced vertical cliffs and caves...
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It is more resistant to erosion than the chalk. Both outcrops produce pronounced headlands. The much softer Greensand and Wealden beds have been eroded more rapidly creating a large bay (Swanage Bay) between these headlands. Concordant Coast - whilst the geology essentially remains the same, the structure here is different...
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