Coastal Erosion at Happisburgh. (Pronounced Haysbro).

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Although now a coastal village, Happisburgh was once some distance from the sea, parted from the coast by the parish of Whimpwell, long since eroded away. Historic records indicate that over 250 m of land were lost between 1600 and 1850. The cliffs at Happisburgh range in height from 6 to 10 m and are composed of a layer-cake sequence of several glacial tills, separated by beds of stratified silt, clay and sand. Rapid erosion of the cliffs at Happisburgh means that we can observe processes that for other sites may normally take thousands of years.

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Amelia Royan on April 4, 2012

Hello Dino, many thanks for your visit and 'like'. It isn't the most beautiful seascape by any means, but it is certainly one of the most interesting!

Ciao, Amelia

Rosalyn Hilborne on April 5, 2012

Good morning Amelia, I was trying to say Happisburgh with a Norfolk accent to see if Haysbro came out :~/ Pronounciation can be very strange but the locals soon put you right! I remember Fowey in Cornwall...I was soon told it was Foy! I wonder how quickly this image will change! Thanks for the information. Like.

Best regards, Rosa.

mbe21 on April 5, 2012

Hi Amelia,

A nicely composed shot which illustrates the point of your text very nicely.

Best wishes Mick

Polifemo ( * ) on April 6, 2012

...paisaje espectacular!!! No siempre son suaves las caricias entre Gea y Poseidón, a veces dejan profundas huellas!!!

BritPlom on April 7, 2012

Impressive erosion!

Thanks for sharing.


Greetings, François

Mojzer László on April 9, 2012

Hi Amelia Royan! Thank you very much. Very beautiful is the landscape. Hi Laci LIKE

Steven Stoddart on April 11, 2012

Hiya Amelia - Yup... looks familiar... There are many regions of coastline in Norfolk and Suffolk that suffer erosion like this. One of my favourite spots is Covehythe in Suffolk - a few mile south of Lowestoft... This may give you an idea



Amelia Royan on April 12, 2012

I am really behind with all my replies and visits dear Rosa, we have had such a lot of gardening to do - still an ongoing process!

I would never have known how to pronounce this either - but English place names are fascinating aren't they!

I rather suspect that this coastline will change pretty quickly - already they have fenced of 6 houses and a complex of holiday apartments which will soon be demolished - a big change.

Greetings from a cold and damp Shropshire, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 12, 2012

Hello there Mick, many thanks for that. This coast is really crumbling away, and there are warnings saying that building rubble can be a hazard on the beach. They've even made a new car park - the old one is likely to fall into the sea soon!

Cheers, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 12, 2012

Neptune and Earth have been at war here dear Carlos, but your sweet words have poured oil over troubled waters. Thank you!

Hugs, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 17, 2012

Many thanks Peter. I am delighted that you liked this photo - even though it is a bit misty. :))

Greetings to you from the UK, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 17, 2012

I really appreciated you visit and kind comment mojzer.laszlo. Many thanks.

Friendly greetings, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 17, 2012

It is impressive François, thank you. The whole coast is falling into the sea and the beach is covered in bits of houses!

Amitiés, Amelia

Amelia Royan on April 17, 2012

Is it the structure of the rocks that causes this relatively quick erosion Steve?

This is the first time I have been on the coast here. Warning signs everywhere, and several properties due for demolition are fenced off! The old car park is at the edge now - luckily they have built a new one quite near to the lighthouse. :))

Cheers, Amelia

Steven Stoddart on April 17, 2012

Hiya Amelia - "Rocks" is an overstatement... The cliffs here and at Covehythe are sand... No chance at all against a North Sea in a huff let alone a full storm...

What it must be like to see your home go over the cliff....



RoarX on May 20, 2012

This material was moved here by water (under and within glaciers, and now its being moved by water once again. It's almost like a river who destroys and move land it made a few centuries earlier. I've read about villages consumed by the sea along this coast.

Amelia Royan on September 11, 2012

Some of the homes have been demolished within the last 6 months Steve. Only 1 small bungalow/shack remains on the cliffs behind where I am standing here. They have a notice saying that they are staying put until just before the bitter end. The tomatoes are ripening in their greenhouse - time to make a quick chutney and get out I think!

Cheers, Amelia

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    by Amelia Royan
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