coastal features

Superficial deposits: sands and gravels sorted by wind and wave actions, offshore sand and gravel bars, foreshore sands and gravels, dune sands, quartz and carbonate sands, shell components, organic deposits and clays preserved in lagoons behind dunes, muds and fine sands, shell banks, mangrove muds, chenier sands and plains in more sheltered tidal flats, constructive features, destructive features.

Processes: reflect sediment budgets, sediment cells, delivery of sand by post glacial transgression and subsequent erosion, coastal erosion, rising and falling sea levels, landslides, progradation, regradation.

Some key instances of eustatic (world wide) sea level change associated with the Pleistocene (but note that isostatic rises and falls of sea level associated with tectonics or ice unloading are locally important):
Flandrian maximum, c. 6,000 years BP, when sea levels c. 2 m higher than today.
Onset of Holocene, 10,000 years BP, sea level c.40 m lower than today
Onset of Post glacial (Flandrian) transgression <20,000 years BP
Last glacial maximum, c. 20,000 years BP, sea level around 150 m lower than today
Various glacial maxima between 20,000 and 120,000 BP with associated sea level falls
Last interglacial, say, 120,000 years BP sea level 2 or 3 m higher (various interpretations).

EXAMPLES: south coast UK; east and south coast USA; all coastlines will display combinations of these features.