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The coastal zone is that part of the land surface influenced by marine processes. It extends from the landward limit of tides, waves, and wind blown coastal dunes, and seaward to the point at which waves interact significantly with the seabed.The coastal zone is a dynamic part of the Earth’s surface where both marine and atmospheric processes produce rocky coasts, as well as beaches and dunes, barriers and tidal inlets, and shape deltas. The atmospheric processes include temperature, precipitation, and winds, while the major marine processes are waves and tides, together with water temperature and salinity. The coast also supports rich ecosystems, including salt marshes, mangroves, seagrass, and coral reefs. The diverse coastal ecology is favored by the shallow waters, abundant sunlight, terrestrial and marine nutrients, tidal and wave flushing, and a range of habitat types.