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Dover from Shakespeare Cliff, and Sandwich, whence the Sea retreated

Dover from Shakespeare Cliff, and Sandwich, whence the Sea retreated

Year by year the chalk cliffs of Dover (bottom) yield to the sea's attack, but here an almost equally insidious foe is the rain, which, percolating the joints of the chalk, causes it to expand in frosty weather, whereupon blocks of it are easily dislodged from the sheer cliff face. At Sandwich (top, the sea has retreated, but has triumphed in retreat, for the town, now two miles inland, has fallen from its high estate as a famous Cinque Port, and only the sinuous and shallow Kentish Stour connects it with the seaboard.

Other pictures from England's Changing Coastline


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