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A destroying subsidence at Blackgang, Isle of Wight

A destroying subsidence at Blackgang, Isle of Wight

Blackgang Chine, which lies some six miles west of Ventnor, is reached from that town by a wide stretch of cliff and terrace forming an undercliff and consisting of a vast mass of chalk and limestone which has slipped from its sand and clay bed. The photograph shows the further mighty landslide that took place at Blackgang in the autumn of 1928 and caused considerable alarm. Spectators are shown watching the catastrophe in process from the roadway. Not an affair of a few minutes is a subsidence on this grand scale. This one lasted for two or three days and destroyed not a little property that happened to be in the way of its remorseless advance. Such happenings are due to the undermining of the subsoil by rain.

Other pictures from England's Changing Coastline


The Foreland, Swanage, where the Sea has got behind the Land

Selsey Bill, Sussex, a place of change and submersion

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