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Beach erosion caused by Hurricane Irene in October of 1999.
Physical removal of sand from the beach which is transported offshore
, alongshore, or into bays and lagoons via inlets. Erosion results in shoreline recession
—landward retreat of a shoreline indicator such as the high water line, vegetation line or dune
line. Opposite of accretion
See this primer from Australia on Coastal Dune Erosion.