A 100,000 Tonne Landslide
The current run of wet and windy weather hitting the UK, the worst for many decades, is re-shaping the coastline at a fast rate; but in places this process is constantly on-going regardless of the weather. Once such place is the pretty beach of Oddicombe on Torquay, Devon, UK. Here, a 100m high sandstone cliff stands between limestone headlands and is constantly collapsing. In 2013 the largest collapse in living memory occurred, shifting an estimated 100,000 tonnes of rock and soil.
Earth In Focus member Dan Bolt dives this area regularly, and wanted to see the impact this land-slip had on the local marine life. These photos hope to portray the sheer scale of a 100k tonne rock-slide, and open a small window on the life living precariously at the bottom of it’s sub-surface edge.
Story by Dan Bolt
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