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Spit (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 173

Geoform Origin Geologic
Geoform Spit


Description
Definition (a) A small point, low tongue, or narrow embankment of land, which commonly consists of sand or gravel deposited by longshore transport. One end of the spit is attached to the mainland, and the other terminates in open water (usually the sea); a spit is a finger-like extension of the beach. (b) A relatively long, narrow shoal or reef extending from the shore into a body of water (Jackson 1997).