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Does the shingle mass (cuspate foreland) in front of Kessingland come from nearby cliff erosion?

Answer: Kessingland is located on the North Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft. It is made up on 50% sand and 50% flint. The total shingle mass is approximately 2.2 million3meters and is 0.25km wide, which acts as a natural seas defense as it protects the land from coastal erosion. However, as the shingle mass moves northwards at approximately 30 meters per year the locations protected or exposed to erosion are changing.

The approximation of the average movement of the shingle mass comes from published scientific research from the Felixstowe Shoreline management plan. Because of this movement in the shoreline there are different names, which support the northward movement. The Observers guide to Geology (1960) refers to it as ‘Covehithe Ness’ where as the OS 1:50,000 map (revised 1998) calls in ‘Benacre Ness’, however since this was last revised in 1998 it is not entirely a...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Geography
  • Course: Geography
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 941
  • Date submitted: September 05, 2014
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 6024

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