Advantages and Effects of Beach Pollution
A beach is simply a flat, gently sloping piece of land that borders on the water. Most beaches contain sand, rocks, pebbles, and other materials that are the remnants of dead sea creatures, weathering and washing away over time. Sand, in particular, is the key ingredient in making the beautiful, translucent waves that form on most beaches. Other beach supplies include shell, which adds a particular texture to the beach. Most importantly, however, is the life that surrounds the beach.
Beach materials like sand and pebbles are created by erosion and weathering. When layers of sand reach the lowest ground level, they harden into tiny grains. These grains then build up until they become too large to move, which is when they are “reddened.” This reddening process makes the beach uneven and difficult to navigate. Sand can also erode and wash away as it flows across the beach. In short, without moving or eroding the sand, the beach will stay beautiful and unspoiled for years.
To help maintain these naturally beautiful beaches, many beaches have been built over the natural progression of sand. This often requires building right up to the edge of the beach, and creating artificial berms to channel the sand away from the beach. Beach berms provide a place for vehicles to safely pull behind while arriving at the beach. Beach berms also keep the beach clean and free of debris. With the use of sand berms and other tools, it has become possible to build many beaches with almost no effort.
Beach berms are a critical tool for maintaining beaches because they reduce the amount of erosion and unnecessary beach damage caused by vehicles moving across the beach. Many beaches are also built under high tides in order to channel the water away from the property, preventing it from harming the ground. These berms to prevent storm surges and inland flooding. They also reduce erosion due to the movement of sand and the constant shifting of the ground beneath your vehicle.
Coastal erosion is another serious threat to natural beaches. When storms come in, they often move quickly across the coastline, eroding everything in their path. Coastal erosion is a natural process that takes thousands of years to complete. Storms can speed up the rate of coastal erosion, sometimes causing massive amounts of damage to beaches.
In order to save California’s beautiful beaches, it is important to reduce the amount of beach pollution. By reducing the amount of litter and trash that is dumped into the ocean, we can greatly reduce the number of harmful chemicals and other forms of pollution that threaten to damage our beaches and habitats. The reduction of beach pollution is necessary in order to maintain open spaces, promote biodiversity, and reduce storm damage.