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Definition of Coast:
The strip of land that extends from the coastline inland to the first major change in the terrain features, which are not influenced by the coastal processes. The main types of coastal features are dunes, cliffs and low-lying areas, possibly protected by dikes or seawalls[1].
This is the common definition for Coast, other definitions can be discussed in the article


This definition conforms with some of the coastal terrestrial habitats. But note there are others where climatic influences determine the maritime character of others, such as coastal temperate forest.

See also

For more definitions of coastal terms and a sketch, see Definitions of coastal terms.


  1. Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.