Sea Stacks - Marinha Beach - Algarve - European Beach of the Year 2009

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A cliff is, by definition, an eroding formation and therefore constantly evolving, meaning that the coastline, in general, is receding. This natural process implies that land is lost to the sea at rates that may vary between 2mm up to 2 meters/year.

The evolution of the cliffs takes place by a process of occasional landslides occurring mainly in winter when the action of the mains physical agents (waves, precipitation and living creatures) are more intense. To safeguard the cliffs as a natural heritage, their natural evolution has to be maintained.

At Marinha Beach (Algarve - Portugal), arches and caves, sea stacks and sinkholes may be observed.


Uma arriba é, por definição, uma forma em erosão e, portanto, em constante evolução, de que resulta o recuo generalizado do litoral. Este processo natural implica a perda de território para o mar a taxas que podem oscilar entre 2 mm/ano até 2 metros / ano.

A evolução das arribas ocorre por um processo de desmoronamentos ocasionais que ocorrem principalmente no inverno, quando a ação dos principais agentes físicos envolvidos(corrente, ondulação, precipitação e seres vivos) são mais intensos. A salvaguarda das arribas enquanto património natural, implica a manutenção da sua evolução natural, ou seja, da erosão.

Na Praia da Marinha (Algarve - Portugal), arcos e grutas marinhas, leixãos e algares podem ser observados.

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Petr Chudoba on January 6

Nice coast and capture. LIKE. Friendly greetings, Petr

Jose Lozano on January 11

LIKE A lovely photo of this beautiful part of the Portuguese coast. A greeting

Jens ||NO VIEWS|| Ge… on January 15

Great view and very beautiful place LIKE Greetings .----------. Jens

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  • Uploaded on May 9, 2013
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    by Hélder Neves
    • Camera: Canon EOS 500D
    • Taken on 2013/05/05 12:43:03
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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