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civil engineeringof shorelines, hard engineering is generally defined as controlled disruption of natural processes by using man-made structures. It is sometimes considered to be the use of concrete breakwalls [ [http://www.fws.gov/midwest/DetroitRiver/pizza1.html Summary and Overview ] ] to limit the amount of coastal erosion on a being or a cliff-face where land is being absorbed by the sea or steel sheet piling to stabilize shorelines and achieve safety along the coastline to limit the amount of sand being transported by longshore drift.
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