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Wharf (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 260

Geoform Origin Anthropogenic
Geoform Wharf

Definition A structure on the shore of a harbor where ships may dock to load and unload cargo or passengers. A wharf is usually a fixed platform, often on pilings. Smaller and more modern wharves are sometimes built on flotation devices (pontoons) to keep them at the same level as the ship—even during changing tides. Wharves form attachment surfaces for shellfish and sessile epifauna, and they are common aggregation points for fish. Also, wharves are often locations where contaminants are introduced into the environment (through spills or waste disposal).