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Why is Aldeburgh protected Differently to Dunwich?

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Why is Aldeburgh protected Differently to Dunwich? In this question, I will be looking at how Aldeburgh is protected more than Dunwich, and the reasons why. I will concentrate more on the reasons, and to answer this, I will look at the location, long shore drift, and nearby places. Types of Coastal Protection Dunwich is only 9 miles north of Aldeburgh, but the methods of coastal protection in these two places are very different. In Dunwich there is a small amount of 'soft' protection. This means that natural methods are used. We saw that there was vegetation, which had been planted on the sand dunes near Dunwich Heath. There is also fencing around the dunes to stop them being eroded through people walking on them. Coastal Protection At Aldeburgh In Aldeburgh however, the types of protection involve 'hard' protection. These are man-made objects. ...read more.


Further South than Sizewell, there is Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh is a small town with a population of around two and a half thousand. Again, this town has been largely affected by erosion, with the town hall, which was once in the middle of the town and is now on the sea front. Just south of Aldeburgh at Slaughden, a spit starts. This spit is called the Orford Spit and it runs down the coast, for over 10 miles, with the river Alde behind it. At the start of the spit, at Slaughden, the spit is at its narrowest point, and with the spit being on the outside of a bend in the river, it is being constantly subjected to erosion. This part of the spit was eroded through in 1981, cutting off the rest of the spit from the mainland. In order to fill the gap, 250,000 m3 of shingle was transported to the site from Orford Ness, 4 miles south of Slaughden. ...read more.


The cobra-mist site is now being used by BBC world service. The majority of Orford Spit is now owned by the national trust, and a new type shingle-restoration is being tried to attempt to restore the shingle that has been damaged all the activity that has taken place. Because of the geological, environmental, scientific, and historical importance of Orford Spit, it is very important that it is kept in its current form so that it can be preserved for the future. If it were to be cut off, it would change the flow of the river Alde, and change the shape of the whole coastline. As Dunwich has long lost most of its historical sites, it has no reason to be protected as much as, or more than Aldeburgh. The material eroded from Dunwich is naturally used to protect areas further down the coast such as Sizewell with its nuclear power plants. This is why Slaughden and Aldeburgh are being protected much more than Dunwich. ...read more.

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