South Shields Daily Photo

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Coastal Erosion

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Marsden Bay, South Shields

Marsden Bay, South Shields

These limestone and sandstone cliffs have withstood thousands of years of constant battering by the North Sea, and coastal erosion has seen Marsden Rock emasculated and reduced to about half of it’s original size. The rock (top left quarter}, was once joined to the mainland!

We see here, on the right, evidence of recent land slippage with piles of rock and stone lying at the foot of the cliffs. In a few decades perhaps the road from Sunderland to South Shields will need to be routed a few metres further back!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 200



Written by curly

January 29, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. It’ll be good when they fix those steps down to the Bay!

    S Wilson

    January 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

  2. I just love these coastal scenes of yours. Sure brings back such memories for me of living in N. Ireland and hiking all around your area. Love this photo.

    I would certainly appreciate your posting a condolence message in my blogs today for the wife of a good blogger friend…


    Guelph Daily Photo, My Photos


    January 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  3. thats what the manager of the grotto is thinking


    January 30, 2008 at 12:04 am

  4. I always wonder how many people and animals perish without fencing on the cliff edge. Gruesome thought, I know. Sorry. The cliffs are always so beautiful yet so dangerous.


    January 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm

  5. the steps are on cabin roofs at the entrance to middle fields who knows they might be fitted oneday

    lance boyle

    January 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  6. work starts monday 5 feb

    lance boyle

    February 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

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