SD4465 : Lines in the sand

taken 8 years ago, near to Morecambe, Lancashire, Great Britain

Lines in the sand
Lines in the sand
This moored fishing boat has created a pattern in the muddy sand after swinging on its mooring on the tide.
The boat is facing down the beach (~NNE). The tide was approaching a spring peak.
My theory is that the deeper lines (on the right) were formed when the boat settled on earlier tides, and that the fanned lines were formed on the last or recent incoming tide when the boat was swung round by the wind as it started to float. Presumably the boat shifted a little further with each wave.
A few subsequent observations over 2 weeks have found several of the deeper lines in all directions.
The stones in the background are part of a fish-tail groyne, built as part of the Morecambe sea defence scheme, which was designed to reduce storm damage and retain sand on the beach (but that's another story).
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 29 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 440 650 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:4.6724N 2:51.3609W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 440 650
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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