貓鼻頭 (Mabitou)

FRINGING REEF COASTLINE

A wave-cut platform develops as time passes, causing the shoreline to be eroded by the ocean. This allows corals to grow on the wave-cut platform which is mostly rocky, and a fringing reef is then created. The coast of coral reefs features spectacular landforms that are affected by wave erosion, efflorescence, and salt-soaking. The fringing reef has many jagged ages and uneven surfaces as a result of extensive erosion and corrosion. The amount of erosion here is much more compared to other cliffs or shorelines as it is usually facing windwards all year round, causing waves to crash onto the rock cliffs when there are big winds.















ORIGINS OF THE NAME

Maobitou (Cat's nose) was named after a piece of coral reef that fell from the sea cliff onto the fringing reef coastline below. After wave eroded the coral reef, the shape of the coral reef resembled a crouching cat.

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