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Washed Shell Mound (Geoform Type)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 195

Geoform Origin Biogenic
Geoform Mollusk Reef
Geoform Type Washed Shell Mound


Description
Definition Generally linear accumulations of dead shell that form high in the intertidal zone along tidal creeks and on the landward side of barrier islands. The shells are loose, and they are usually bleached by the sun—giving them a bright appearance (see Figure 6.8).