Oceans and seas

Berm crest

October 28, 2011, 7:10 am

The berm crest is the seaward limit of a beach berm, for the edge of any sea or ocean.

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The berm crest is located on the backshore immediately above the foreshore.


Since wave action is not a diurnal occurrence at the location of the berm crest, the ability of a variety of organisms to thrive here is much greater than the foreshore, which is habitat for specialized marine species, who have adapted to the wave action and shifting sands..

Further Reading

  • Physical Oceanography Index




Baum, S. (2011). Berm crest. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/150501


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