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Holderness coast is disappearing very fast. Land disappears in great chunk when cliff collapses

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Year 9 Geography Assessment task By the sea Holderness coast BY: BHAVYA VANUKURU, 9sru. Introduction Holderness coast is disappearing very fast. Land disappears in great chunk when cliff collapses. Many types of erosion occur very frequently. Many villages have been lost in the sea. One part of Holderness in Yorkshire, the sea nibbles take away 8mm of land everyday. In year 9 assessment task I have got three management strategies. Firstly: "Hard Engineering Solution" such as building sea walls. These sea walls stop the waves from attacking the shoreline. Example: Barriers built at the sea - To break the waves from reaching the land. Secondly: "Soft Engineering Solutions" such as building barriers with rubber tyres under water below low tide. Example: A barrier of rocks put at the bottom of the cliff - To to take the energy out of waves and stop the cliff being worn out. Thirdly: "Doing nothing". Coastal erosion is after all a natural process. Let nature take its course. AREA Holderness is an area of England on the coast of Yorkshire. An area of rich agricultural land, Holderness was marshland until it was drained in middle ages. The area of Holderness coast is very less. In last 1000 years 29 villages have gone in the sea in the Holderness coast. At present there are only 6 villages on the coast. They are Flam borough, Bridling ton, Horn Sea on the west and Mapleton, Withern Sea, Easing ton on the east. ...read more.


Advantages: These would stop the erosions completely. These stops the sea from attacking the shore. Disadvantages: It looks ugly. They are expensive and does not long last. 2. Barriers built with rubber tyres: Building barriers with rubber tyres under water below low tide. This is called "Soft Engineering Solutions". Advantages: They would break up the energy of the waves and reduce erosion. They are cheaper and look less ugly. Disadvantages: They must be replaced sooner or later. 3. Do nothing: Coastal erosion is after all a natural process. So, let nature take its course. "HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW." Advantages: Nature can take its course and can stop all erosions and cliff collapses. Disadvantage: Or nature can't stop any cliff collapses and erosions and can even make them them more serious. EXAMPLES OF THE 3 OPTIONS: Firstly: Example of building concrete sea walls: Example 1: Barriers built at the sea: This is used to break the waves away from the sea. Advantages: waves break away from the shore and protect the coast. Disadvantages: people can't swim or do surfing. It is dangerous because it may cause accidents to boats and ships. Example 2: Groynes: It stops sand from being carried away, because sand protects the coast. Advantages: stops sand from being carried away from the beach. Disadvantages: Does not look nice. Children may get hurt. Example 3: Beach replenishment: To build up the beach by adding more sand so that the cliff does not get attacked so easily. ...read more.


But that is not a big problem, because it also looks beautiful if it is built in a proper way. A natural sea wall formed by nature. CONFLICT OF OPINIONS: Engineer: In the opinion of the engineer to put concrete walls or barriers would reduce the sea erosion for 25 years and it is possible to put barrier/walls around the sea coast. Local Farmer: In his opinion protection of coast line is necessary as it is their livelihood. Local Hotel Owner: In his opinion putting a barrier of walls would reduce the beautiness of the coastline thereby reduces his business as tourists come to see the natural beauty of the coast line. Local Historian: In his opinion many of the villages recorded in the registers earlier have now been disappeared because of sea erosion. Govt.Representative: As per her view it is a very costly affair to build a wall around the sea coast. Costal erosion is a natural process should be left to its own course. Local councilor: In his opinion less number of people lives in the coastal areas. Spending huge amount of funds on building a wall or barrier is unnecessary as this money could be used for other developmental activities. Environmentalist: Coastal erosion is a natural process not to be interfered much. It should be left alone. Conclusion: In my opinion we can't build sea walls around the vast coast line. However, sea walls/barriers can be put up at places where people live, to protect the people lives and property and to control the sea erosion. ...read more.

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