Scenic USA - California

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Portuguese Beach

Portuguese Beach

Photo by Meri Cheatham

This view along Pacific Coast Highway 1 shows off a beautiful seascape of Portuguese Beach. Like most beaches along the Sonoma Coastline, it is not recommended for swimming. Strong rip currents, heavy surf and ground swells have created a wonderful coastline, but a dangerous one as well.
The waves along this portion of the shoreline seldom approach straight on. Waves are usually directed and bent (refracted) by the shallow water beach bottom. Headlands that project out into the water are targets for wave erosion. These headlands are eventually changed into sea stacks, caves and sea arches. At Oxnard, California, geologists have measured more than 1.5 million tons of eroded sediment each year.



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