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Caves, Gullies and Boulder-Strewn beach mark the Ruthless attack of the Sea on Flamborough Head

Caves, Gullies and Boulder-Strewn beach mark the Ruthless attack of the Sea on Flamborough Head

The great chalk cliff at Flamborough Head looks as if it could bid defiance to any furious onslaught by the North Sea, but its strength is illusive. The waves easily undermine the base of the cliff, and the numerous chalk boulders scattered in their various shapes and sizes along the beach tell the tale of persistent, relentless erosion, while the caves and gullies shown on the cliff face in the photograph utter a constant warning of destruction to come. From Flamborough to the mouth of the Humber the sea has been steadily eating away the coastline ever since the floor of the North Sea sunk below its waters and made England an island, with an easily permeable rampart of chalk or boulder clay.

Other pictures from England's Changing Coastline

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The Tower of All Saints' Church, Dunwich, an ancient Capital that now lies beneath the Sea

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