NJ3565 : Spey Bay

taken 35 years ago, near to Spey Bay, Moray, Great Britain

Spey Bay
Spey Bay
The houses at Spey Bay are protected only by the shifting shingle from the winter storms.
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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NJ3565, 34 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 June, 1983   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 2 May, 2005
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Coastline/Beaches   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 35 65 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 57:40.4833N 3:4.9842W
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