Cove

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A small cove

A cove is a small type of bay or coastal inlet. Coves usually have narrow, restricted entrances. They are often circular or oval, and are often found in a larger bay. Small, narrow, sheltered bays, inlets, creeks, or recesses in a coast are often considered coves. The term can also be used to describe a valley between two mountain ridges.[1] Coves are formed by differential erosion.[2] Differential erosion occurs when softer rocks are worn away faster than the harder rocks around them. These rocks further erode to form a circular bay with a narrow entrance called a cove.

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  1. Seekers of Scenery: Travel Writing from Southern Appalachia, 1840-1900, eds. Kevin E. O'Donnell; Helen Hollingsworth (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2004), p. 334
  2. Ron Morton; Steve Morse, Gooseberry Falls to Grand Portage: A Walking Guide to the Hiking Trails in Minnesota's North Shore State Parks (Knife River, MN: Rockflower Press, 2007), p. 74