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What is a headland ?

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Answered Mar 20Geography
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Alex CarterGeography teacher on a mission to help people understand the world around them11 students helped

Headlands are coastal landforms created due to erosion. Headlands are formed on a coastline where you have different layers of hard and soft rock next to each other, perpendicular to the sea. The headlands are made of hard, resistant rock. Next to the headland will be a band of soft, weaker rock. As the sea smashes against the coastline, the soft rock gets eroded (broken down) more quickly, and will retreat. The hard rock still gets eroded, but much, much more slowly. As a result, the softer rock on either side of the hard rock gets eroded back, inland. The harder rock is now sticking out into the sea, creating a landform called a headland. Hope this helps!

Answered Jun 18Geography
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Usman HaroonMedical Student at King's College London.81 students helped

Hi! A headland is a coastal landform, a point of land usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends into a body of water. It is a type of promontory*. A headland of considerable size often is called a cape. *If you're not sure what a promontory is: A promontory is a raised mass of land that projects into a lowland or a body of water (in which case it is a peninsula).

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