NJ3265 : Tank Traps

taken 13 years ago, near to Kingston, Moray, Great Britain

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Tank Traps
Tank Traps
Part of the line of tank traps which continues for miles round the coast, wherever there are beaches on which an enemy landing might have been possible. Since they were installed the sea has encroached on the land, and deposited banks of cobbles which are now higher than the tank traps.
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 one of the largest shingle systems in Britain.

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.

Not only that, but the Sea of Stones is a brilliant place to see a dynamic coastline in action. During the Second World War a line of tank traps and pill boxes was built to protect the low-lying coast from enemy invasion. Now, just 7 decades later, the changes in the shingle have buried and then uncovered again the eastern end of the defences as the sea has encroached on the land, while at the western end some of the defensive line is now well inland in the forest, and the shingle has piled up so high that the pill boxes no longer have a view of the sea at all.

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NJ3265, 107 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 October, 2007   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 10 October, 2007
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Coastal defences   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 327 659 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:40.7176N 3:7.7681W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 326 659
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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