This study determined whether a previous laboratory finding relating platform elevation to rock strength could be verified when tested in the field. Testing took place along the Otway coast in southeastern Australia. Fourteen platforms were profiled using a total station while rock strength tests were performed with a type L Schmidt hammer. Results established that higher mean platform elevation correlated with increased rock strength (r = 0.661, p < 0.05). This confirmed that a relation exists between elevation and rock strength when tested in the field. This finding has implications for the interpretation of shore platforms and marine terrace elevations in relation to sea level.
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Vol. 2006 • No. 221