Beaches are constantly changing. Wind, waves, tides, and human activity such as development and recreation change the beach landscape. These sandbars, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, are constant shifting between islands, beaches, and sandy outcrops.

Photograph by Chris Westinghouse, My Shot
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A beach is a narrow, gently sloping strip of land that lies along the edge of an ocean or a lake