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Longshore Current (Hydroform Type)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 667

Hydroform Class Current
Hydroform Wave-driven Current
Hydroform Type Longshore Current

Definition A current that moves parallel to or at an oblique angle to the shoreline, carrying water and often transporting soft sediments downstream. Prevailing wind and wave directions can persist in a longshore direction for long periods, and are commonly responsible for the formation of spits, bars and many barrier islands.