Shingle beach

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A shingle beach (also referred to as rocky beach or pebble beach) is a beach which is armoured with pebbles or small- to medium-sized cobbles (as opposed to fine sand). Typically, the stone composition may grade from characteristic sizes ranging from 2 to 200 millimetres (0.1 to 7.9 in) diameter.[citation needed]

Shingle beach at Torrisdale Bay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
A shingle beach in Batanes, Philippines
Pebbles on a shingle beach in Somerset, England
Shingle Beach in Hillsburn, Nova Scotia, Canada

While this beach landform is most commonly found in Europe, examples are found in Bahrain, North America, and a number of other world regions, such as the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, where they are associated with the shingle fans of braided rivers. Though created at shorelines, post-glacial rebound can raise shingle beaches as high as 200 metres (660 ft) above sea level, as on the High Coast in Sweden.

The ecosystems formed by this unique association of rock and sand allow colonization by a variety of rare and endangered species.[1]