NJ3265 : Vanishing Defences

taken 8 years ago, near to Kingston, Moray, Great Britain

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Vanishing Defences
Vanishing Defences
Rather to my surprise, I can see no difference in the amount of shingle in this shot compared with NJ3265 : Vanishing Defences taken two years ago. Maybe the shingle banks are not moving quite so fast as they once did.

January 2013. Maybe they are, after all. See NJ3265 : Defences no more?.
The Sea of Stones
The 'Sea of Stones' extends for several kilometres along the Moray Firth from Spey Bay towards Lossiemouth, and it is up to about 800 metres wide. It is the second largest shingle system in Britain, after Chesil Beach in Dorset.

It is an extensive series of shingle (or rather, pebble and cobble) ridges parallel to the coastline. These ridges provide evidence that the land is rising relative to the sea. During the last Ice Age, Scotland was under many hundreds of metres of ice, and the weight of the ice was enough to press the crust of the Earth here down into the mantle. Since the ice melted about 10,000 years ago, the land has continued to rise very slowly, about 1.5 millimetres a year. Each of these ridges is a storm beach piled up by the sea, and then fossilised as the sea retreated and could no longer reach and rearrange successive ridges. What used to be the foot of the cliff is now some 15 metres above sea level.
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Date Taken
Monday, 25 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 January, 2010
Coastal defences   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 3274 6596 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:40.7069N 3:7.7678W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 3272 6595
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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