Iconic Landmark Eroding Away

Posted by on Thursday, November 10, 2016

The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs that form part of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. 

The area is a popular travel destination, however it is eroding at an alarming rate.

The cliffs are mainly soft white chalk with a very fine-grained texture, composed primarily of coccoliths, plates of calcium carbonate formed by coccolithophores, single-celled planktonic algae whose skeletal remains sank to the bottom of the ocean during the Cretaceous and, together with the remains of bottom-living creatures, formed sediments. 

Scientists blame poor coastal management and increased storm intensity due to climate change as the cause for the fast erosion.

The Team

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