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Coastal regions represent a network of human activity situated in what is a transition zone between the sea and the land. Neither wholly land or sea, this unique area shares characteristics of both. Infrastructure is often coastally situated to gain access to boats.
The photo shows Flensborg Fjord at Sønderhav. As you can see, the shoreline has been hardened by a man made defence structure (rip-rap). Rip-rap, also known as shot rock is rock or other material used to armour shorelines against water or ice erosion. It can be used on any waterway or water containment where there is potential for water erosion. The boulders can however be undermined easily by waves washing away sand and shingle beneath them. They also can be quite ugly, changing the appearance of a coastline. Another unintended side-effect is, that the erosion typically increases around it; since the waves are reflected at the steeper and harder shore, more energy is available elsewhere for erosion and sand transport.

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