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Ledge (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 118

Geoform Origin Geologic
Geoform Ledge

Definition Bedding planes that are exposed (either on the surface or at depth) often form ledges that have a high habitat value and support colonizing plants and animals. Ledges often provide a more level surface than the bounding slopes. Ledges in the intertidal zone can form shelves or projections of rock (that are much longer than they are wide) on a rock wall or cliff face. They are formed along a coast by differential wave action on softer rocks and may be eroded by biological and chemical weathering.