Detached breakwater

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Definition of Detached breakwater:
A detached breakwater is a structure parallel, or close to parallel, to the coast, build inside or outside the surf zone. Detached breakwaters are mainly built with two purposes, either to protect a ship wharf from wave action or as a coast/shore protection measure.
This is the common definition for Detached breakwater, other definitions can be discussed in the article


Detached breakwaters are the most common type of breakwater. However, also other types of breakwaters exist. Other types of breakwaters are e.g. submerged or low-crested breakwaters, floating breakwaters, modified breakwaters or headlands. See also other types of breakwaters.

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