NR8830 : Raised Beaches

taken 6 years ago, near to Torbeg, North Ayrshire, Great Britain

Raised Beaches
Raised Beaches
The caves on this stretch of the coast have clearly been cut by the action of the sea, but are now several metres above the beach, showing that the relative sea level has fallen since they were being actively eroded. If you look at the sunlit ledge above the recess here, you will see a layer of rounded pebbles on the lip of the upper hollow. This is an earlier sea cave, with a still higher raised beach, showing that sea level had already fallen by several metres before the lower caves were eroded in their turn. So this view tells of two successive falls of sea level (or rises of land level) with a pause between them long enough for a cave to start forming well above the present beach.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NR 8843 3087 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:31.5350N 5:21.2101W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NR 8841 3086
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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